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Old 02-07-2009, 02:15 PM   #1
Emily Mattes
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Default Bizarre shoulder injury

When I clasp my hands behind my back as if I'm standing at attention (like in this picture, the front of my shoulder hurts quite a bit. The pain is sharp and travels down my arm, and if I hold it there too long or really rotate my shoulders into that position it persists after my arms return to normal.

The strange thing is that it hurts at no other time. There's no pain during my Olympic lifting, during presses, bench presses, push-ups, or rows. There is a twinge of pain when I reach behind to unhook my bra, but not much. The only pain is when the arms are behind the back and my hands are low as described above. Because it's literally been affecting nothing else I've been ignoring it but it's been going on for three weeks now without any sign of abating. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:52 PM   #2
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Your median (might be radial or ulnar not sure) nerve is probably tight or getting impinged.

Check out this resource and see if it helps:


Some ART or other types of nerve flossing may be effective as well. I don't remember too well since I only saw some nerve flossing in the PT clinic I was at a couple times, and I don't remember the correct positions to do it otherwise. -_-
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:29 AM   #3
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Thanks Steven, I will look all of that stuff up, and get back here on progress.
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