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    I was doing Military Press with dumbells one day, my left shoulder didn't want to push the weight up, as i started pushing it up, it just fell right back down, but the right arm went up without any problems, i forced the left one up. I didn't have any pain for like a week, all of a sudden, i woke up in tremendous pain, my whole upper back/shoulders area was so stiff and hurt so bad. I went to the doctor, he gave me muscle relaxors, and some ibuprofen 800's and told me to continue lifting lightly, i decided that his suggestion wasn't working, i went to a chiropractor, he took an x-ray, which the DR. didn't, he said i popped a rib out of place on my upper back.



    The chiropractor is adjusting me like twice a week, which it's starting to feel better a little bit, i don't have to take the ibuprofen anymore, but i'm concerned with the trap muscle covering the area, i can't pull my left hand in a rowing motion without feeling like the muscle is pulling/hurting. I'm not sure if it will heal once the rib is all the way back in place. I'm also having a weekly deep tissue massage, which the doctor also recommended, my doctor said i have a muscle spasm/knot right where the trap is, i havn't been able to lift in like four months, does anyone have any suggestions or been through this and can get my any esimates when i should start feeling better.

    These are the knots/pain that is causing me to not be able to workout.


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    i'd go to your doc and ask for a referral to see a specialist. honestly man half those guys don't know shit, their degree is only a paycheck.

    Specialists are the way to go, they know their field of study inside and out.


    I fractured the navicular bone in my right foot in grade 12 playing ball, took two years for me to get a proper diagnosis, and by that time the bone had completely broken and i needed surgery. Total recovery time was 2 and a half years, so I feel your pain.
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    Thanks for the info, and sorry to hear about your incident, i'm about four months in the hole, it sucks. All i want to do is lift and i'm not able to.

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    Yeah I am about 7 months down the tubes since I tore my pec muscle and I would definitely keep with what your doing and see a specialist and come back when you know everything is feeling right again.
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    Thanks alot, that sucks, i couldn't imagine tearing a pec! that'd be horrible. The massages are really helping.

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    thats good^^ Massages definitely are a good help!
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    Figure i'd do a follow up, I think i went to the Chiropractor for about 2.5 months or so, he just adjusted me and used a tool similiar to a hammer around the area of my trap where i popped the rib out of place. After every couple visits he'd have me lay on a bed that was like a massager with heat, glad to say that i'm done with the Chiropractor and am now going to give me Doctor a call to have him look into physical therapy for the front of my left shoulder, then after some therapy, hopefully, i'll be back in the gym. Six months is a long time! it is starting to drive me crazy.

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    i recommend some stretching

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    Your chiro ever put you on a inversion table? Those things work wonders for my rib that pops out from time to time. Does a great job of relaxing all the surrounding muscles as well.

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    Dapr0- I will start stretching, thanks for the advice.

    Toddbz- My Chirpo never put me on an inversion table, i have a friend who has one, i'll have to give his a try.

    The next step that i'll be doing is going to Physical Therapy for the front of my shoulder, I was getting a deep tissue massage last week, the masseuse targeted the front of my left shoulder, which has been in pain for the last 6 months or so. The deep tissue massage was very painful! I ended up going to the doctor and he said he'll start me on Physical Therapy, anyways, the doctor said he suspects damage to the CP Joint (left shoulder). Has anybody ever experienced this? My doctor said they may do a MRI (Which i wanted since i 1st went to the doctor, but he refused), then give me a shot if need be.

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    Went to my Doctor today, he stated it is the shoulder labrum. He told me to continue resting, he's unsure if i tore it or just pulled it really good. I start physical therapy as soon as i'm off of the wait list. He recommended for me to buy the body blade and take the ibuprofen, anybody ever torn or damaged their labrum. How long did it take to heal etc?

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    Had the same problem with rib popping out and in almost the same places you show.
    It's an undescribeable pain! Dr.could't fix me so a friend suggested chiropractic.
    DUDE! The first couple of times he made me feel almost worse and he did "dry needling"
    on the muscles aswell.
    Now I trust only chiropractic and try to stay away from pain medication as far as possible!
    Tough it out man! Chiropractic works.
    Cup of tea for the big fella.....

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    Thanks for the input, i asked my Chiropractor if he could do anything for my shoulder, he said no, just rest, pretty much. I agree with you, i'm not too fond of medications, even Ibuprofen. I may take them once a month if something is really bothering me, but if i can get this problem fixed i shouldn't be on anything.

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    Just on the surface of things, I would tend to disagree with the rib dx (diagnosis), based on a number of things. Also any peer review based research would suggest that manipulations should work in 2-3 visits, not 2.5 months. My guess is you had the labral tear or a neck injury, which one shoulf expect from the mechanism of injury. Dont get me wrong, I have been trained in manip's and in my state we can do them as a PT. Just be careful who you go to, b/c I often find in my our profession many of us don't know much about gym/bodybuilding which really doesnt relate well to your problem. Just ask them a little meathead trivia?? Like how many 45's can you put on one side of the barbell before it flips over.. :-) Best of luck. Having a labral tear myself it really sux working around it in the gym.

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    Thanks for the heads up dnap, i appreciate it, i can see what you mean with the labral tear, the chiropractor took a x-ray and said i popped a rib out of place, i could have also done something to my neck that he didn't mention? i'm not really sure. I don't believe my Chiro is all that familiar with bodybuilding related injuries.

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    Alright, here is an update, i started physical therapy today, she had me do some streching for my bicep tendon by leaning into a wall stretching my chest and front of my shoulders etc, i actually feel alot better, i was told to go head and lift, just do it lightly, do the stretches she showed me 3 times a day, daily, i'm kind of excited to be able to workout my back, shoulders, and chest again, she said wait to do shoulders on Friday, let my body get accustomed to the stretching etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon2006 View Post
    Dapr0- I will start stretching, thanks for the advice.

    Toddbz- My Chirpo never put me on an inversion table, i have a friend who has one, i'll have to give his a try.

    The next step that i'll be doing is going to Physical Therapy for the front of my shoulder, I was getting a deep tissue massage last week, the masseuse targeted the front of my left shoulder, which has been in pain for the last 6 months or so. The deep tissue massage was very painful! I ended up going to the doctor and he said he'll start me on Physical Therapy, anyways, the doctor said he suspects damage to the CP Joint (left shoulder). Has anybody ever experienced this? My doctor said they may do a MRI (Which i wanted since i 1st went to the doctor, but he refused), then give me a shot if need be.
    Is inversion table therapy helpful for back pain faster than medicine?

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