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Shoulder pain

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Franktri, May 13, 2011.

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  1. Franktri

    Franktri Member

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    I have been shooting for years but, recently, I have been experiencing shoulder pain. I do have a rotator cuff problem but have been able to get around it. Lately though, I believe I am placing the gun in a different position (high on the shoulder) and it has been irritating my colar bone. Any comments/suggestions?
     
  2. BudsterXT

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    Do you know for sure that you are mounting your gun the same way as before?

    Maybe you have you been moving the mount around to relieve the shoulder pain?

    Your body and the shoulder can feel pain, and just movin the butt of the gun to a different point of your mount might be telling your body something.

    Just a random thought, since you mentioned a R-Cuff problem
     
  3. grntitan

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    Orthopedic Surgeon time.
     
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    Get an adjustable pad, lower it an rotate it counter clockwise so it fits in the shoulder pocket and doesn't touch your collarbone. HMB
     
  5. GW22

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    Frank:

    Maybe you have a serious problem and maybe you don't. But don't fool around with it. The shoulder is the most complex joint in the human body. It is very vulnerable to a multitude of injuries which are difficult to differentiate between without a professional examination by an orthopedic surgeon.

    At least 99% of the lay people who discuss "rotator cuff problems" do not even grasp what the rotator cuff is, much less know how to diagnose whether you have a serious problem. This is true even among people who have had shoulder surgery. The shoulder and all its maladies are simply too complicated for most people to understand. So do yourself a favor and ignore what your buddies say, and discount what your family doctors says -- just get a referral to a veteran orthpopedic surgeon WHO SPECIALIZES IN SHOULDERS.

    Or, you can be a tough guy, ignore the pain, and end up needing a total shoulder replacement 20 years sooner than you should have (as did the dipsh!t typing this message).

    -Gary
     
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    Good post Gary.

    That is where i stand. I have had (3) shoulder surgeries on the same(left) shoulder. I screwed around for years knowing it was damaged. Now i have another minor issue and ultimately need a replacement which they are very hesitant to do at my age of 41. Almost 90% of the covering of the Glenohumeral joint in my shoulder is gone. The result of that is severe arthritis. One shoulder injury can lead to many others if not treated properly.

    Seek a professional.
     
  7. smsnyder

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    I had the same problem in both shoulders. Got cortazone shots in both shoulders 3 years ago. I am good as new now
     
  8. GW22

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    Cortisone/corticosteroid shots do not make your shoulder "good as new" (although in some minor cases it can certainly make you feel that way for a while). It's a strong anti-inflammatory medication, but if inflammation is not the primary cause of pain then the shot's benefit will be reduced and short-lived. Remember -- inflammation doesn't just show up -- it is caused by something awry in the joint.

    -Gary
     
  9. birdogs

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    Inflamation can also have external causes such as the effects of recoil. I had shoulder pain only when I slept on my right shoulder. A few minutes of lying on my right side made my right shoulder hurt like hell. An eye problem forced me to start shooting from my left shoulder. After a few months, the pain when lying on my right shoulder went away.
     
  10. Big Jack

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    I played thru the shoulder problem for far too long. Started as a fall injury Torn rotator cuff, arthritic joint, two botched ortho surgeries, ended up with a joint that would pop out if I reached for something. Finally resulted with the installation of a Reverse Joint. This took all of about ten years & a lot of hurting. Now,the shoulder is plastic & ceramic held in place by screws, I can do anything with the shoulder except shoot from it...Dr. said I would do more damage then he could repair if I went back to shooting from it. Now a southpaw! and this starting over sucks. Shot for forty years from the right side, now I'm starting all over from the left!
    Nip the problem in the bud. Get it fixed right and enjoy many more years without pain. Many good Ortho specialists, find one & listen to him!

    Big Jack
     
  11. Ajax

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    I had right shoulder pain so bad I shot from the left side for a year. Tried about everything,Soft touch, shots,physical therapy, then bought a mec Hydraulic. In about three months the pain was gone and it's stayed gone! Now if I could just get my back to straighten up.

    Ajax
     
  12. Franktri

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    What I'm beginning to realize is that, in order to avoid the tenderness of the shoulder, I have been placing the butt of the gun in closer to my neck and higher. The pain is NOT in my shoulder but to my colar bone. I believe that I am placing the butt too high. Any comments?
     
  13. birdogs

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    Big Jack,

    As I said above, I also shot from my right shoulder for over 50 years, first as a nationally ranked smallbore shooter and later as a Trapshooter. It took me a while to learn to shoot lefty. My very first round was a 13. It went up from there.

    It was funny at first since virtually everything is reversed. The first problem I encountered was removing the fired shell. I opened the gun and before I could coordinate the necessary hand movements, the shell ejected at my face and I had to move my head to let it go over my shoulder. I also had to reverse my foot placeent and my hold points. It takes some practice but it is not all that hard.

    I have met a number of others who have had to make the same change that we did. Severel of them made it back to the 27 yard line. I believe that Ray McKissick (the Decot dealer from PA) did it.
     
  14. Bruce Specht

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    Heat (wet) and a series of stretching excercises is the place to start. Find a physical therapsit that concentrates on shoulders. Get him or her to set up a few excercises for you.
     
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