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Shoulder pain?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by blkcloud, Jan 13, 2011.

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  1. blkcloud

    blkcloud Active Member

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    I have never had much shoulder pain from shooting, but...this year, I shot my muzzle loader and my 6mm several times before the season and did something to my shoulder.. not sure what but it was painful enough that I would take a aspirin every day for a while to ease the pain.. now when I shoot trap it aggravates it to the point of having to take a aspirin to ease it..my question is.. what is it in your shoulder that gets hurt/injured when you shoot? thanks!
     
  2. rlmims

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    blkcloud, I had the same problem yoe describe. My problem started as being uncomftable finally to being almost cripling. I had bone spurs in my rt shoulder that had grown to the point they would abrade the nerve to my right arm. I only noticed this when shooting, my shoulder and arm would start to hurt and progress to right arm being virtually useless. Thid would last anywhere from a couple od days to a week.

    Shot with an Orthepedic surgeon one day and he noticed my shooting changes. Did a very quick exam right there on the field then told me to come in the next day for x-ray. Bingo bone spurs on bones in shoulder and end of collar bone. After surgury and abour 6 wks of therpy everything fine. This surgury is orthoscopic so no big scars.

    If you have the same problem get it fixed as soon as you can because it will only get worse. And if it is bone spurs it could cause a rotator cuff tear, depending where the spurs are.

    Lynn Mims
     
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    Had a bone spur on my left shoulder cut my Bi-ceps tendon(long head tendon). It had worn on it for awhile i guess. Finally went to open a 6" valve at work one day and my tendon snapped in two. Those spurs can be bad.

    Matt
     
  4. GW22

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    There's a LOT that can go wrong with a shoulder. Consider taking a week or two off and the doing some LIGHT dumbell work as follows:

    Loosen up and stretch a little first.

    1) Stand erect with a 2 or 3 lb dumbell in each hand at your side and slowly raise them directly forward without bending your arms much. Stop at about 45 degrees above horizontal (135 degrees total range of motion) and then slowly lower them. 15-25 reps.

    2) Same thing but straight out to the sides. You won't be able to raise them as high and you'll be much weaker at this angle so either use lighter weights or just do 10 reps.

    3) Same thing but at 45 degrees (in-between the first two angles). 15-25 reps.

    These exercises hit all heads of the deltoid and exercise all the tendons of the rotator cuff. Do them in a slow and controlled fashion. If 2 or 3 lb. dumbells are too heavy, use a bottle of water or something. If they're too light, you're going too fast. If you do follow this regimen every other day for two weeks I'll bet you'll feel better. If not, you better see a doctor.

    Good luck.

    -Gary
     
  5. blade819

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    If you have shoulder pain, the last thing you want to do is lift and exercise with a dumbell!!!! Many injuries have worsened by people listening to their General Practioner and going to rehab without getting Xrays and MRI with an Orthopedic. Get the xrays!

    blade819
     
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    Blade--Good point. Thats why i like my family doc. As soon as he reaches the edge of his expertise he refers me on. I don't want a "Fix All" doc.

    Matt
     
  7. GW22

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    The regimen above specifically calls for very LIGHT weights and SLOW movements. If the injury is significant, this will quickly become obvious after the specified week of rest and the first one or two attempts at these light exercises.

    It takes a few weeks to get in to a good orthopedic specialist for the first appointment anyway, so it makes sense to safely start working toward healing yourself.

    -Gary
     
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    As my DR.described it, I have a small tear in my rotor cuff. Even with the PFS I couldn't shoot 300 rounds in a day without pain for days. I have cut way back on my shooting and have worked in the gym for over a year hard on the shoulder muscles. I now have very little pain. Don't take the asprin any more and no surgery.

    JON
     
  9. g7777777

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    Go to a doctor- and yes you might have to go through an extended triage / diagnosis but getting advice here is worse than no advice at all.

    Eventually if they cant make it better they will use better and better imaging - they will figure it out if it doesnt get better with treatment and therapy

    There are several conditions that can get worse though so I would start pressing your family doctor for answers if the treatment they try doesnt work.

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
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