I hurt my shoulder, now what?
July 24, 2007 8:18 PM Subscribe
I hurt my shoulder (AC joint) weightlifting. Now my clavicle is sticking out and I'd like for it to be
posted by GooseOnTheLoose to Health & Fitness (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This actually happened a couple months ago. I was doing a bench press of about 1.5x my weight. Not anything I had never done before, but definitely heavy. In order to get a last couple reps, mid set I changed form from elbows out and pushing the bar away from me, to elbows slightly inward pushing the bar over my face (not my normal technique). When I got up I noticed that my left shoulder was hurting a lot.
Two visits to the sports medicine doctor at school, an x-ray, and another visit later, I'm "resting it" and for exercise "letting pain be my guide." The x-ray looked pretty nasty (to me, what do I know, though, I'm not a doctor), with the bones that make up the AC joint on the right shoulder looking like they were touching unless very closely inspected, and the same bones on the left shoulder at least a thumbs width apart. It is not debilitating; I have a good range of motion and can do normal lifting. The problem is that it is not getting any better, either.
Let's assume that I can't go to physical therapy. Since about a week ago I've been going to the gym and doing some range of motion exercises and mild stretching. Five pound weights never felt so heavy. Other than this, what is there I can do? Is this injury going to follow me around for the rest of my life, or is the AC joint a muscle that will eventually repair itself to 100%?