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Old 06-01-2010, 08:13 PM   #1
Andrew Lyons-Berg
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Angry hurt shoulder snatching

hey so a couple of days ago I was snatching and I guess I hurt my shoulder. I didn't notice any particular moment where i did it, but after the workout it started feeling weird, like i had tweaked it or something. When I went to lift the next day I noticed significant pain while doing overhead squats. I took a couple of days off and I thought I was feeling better, but today i tried to train and the pain was back.

It doesn't hurt when I'm pulling, or when I'm pushing downwards--i can do dips fine--but only when I'm lifting or supporting overhead. I can also feel it when I reach back behind me, like to grab the seatbelt of the drivers seat to put it on. I'm really not sure, but I think it feels less like a muscle thing than something joint-related. I've been icing and I plan to lay off the movements that aggravate it for a while, but I'm wondering whether I might need to do something more. Any ideas about what I've done to myself?

Thanks a lot
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:26 AM   #2
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Dig in with your fingers around the shoulder and feel for any tight spots.

Likely, tweaked one ofyour rotator cuff mucles... possibly subscap or supraspinatus. Loosen everything up.. don't forget to check a bit into the arm, chest and around the scap as wll.

Note any tightness you have with a marked google image.

Any other shoulder articulations hurt?

http://www.exrx.net/Articulations/Shoulder.html
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for your quick reply, Steven.

The area with the most noticeable tightness and soreness is on the back of the shoulder; I've tried to indicate the where it is on the picture that should be below here.

Also, I found the movement that seems to irritate it the most, but I'm not sure how to classify it based on the list of articulations you posted. It's the rotational movement that brings the lower arm from pointing down to pointing up, with the upper arm parallel to the floor. I guess its basically the motion involved in a muscle snatch. This video shows it way more clearly than I can explain it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE-so...eature=related


Thanks so much for your help
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:13 PM   #4
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Likely infraspinatus.. based on what you said. Then looking at the photo I'd say that confirms it.

Try to loosen it up wiht some massage. You can ice if you want... may want to try heat if it helps too.

Move it as much as possible WITHOUT aggravatign it./ Wil help keep you from losing mobility

If you're taking anti-inflams that's fine too.

Stay off of exercise on that shoulder it hurts. Once it starts improving work some rotator cuff work in.
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:58 PM   #5
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thanks a lot Steven, this has been really helpful.
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:36 PM   #6
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I hurt my shoulder a week after my first lesson at Mike's Gym. Now it catches when I try to hit the overhead squat position. My trainer suspects a torn labrum, doctor will confirm tomorrow.

Does anyone out there with labral tears still Snatch? It really doesn't affect my press or jerk, but I wanted to be able to snatch more than my bodyweight eventually.

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Old 07-08-2010, 07:44 PM   #7
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I hurt my shoulder a week after my first lesson at Mike's Gym. Now it catches when I try to hit the overhead squat position. My trainer suspects a torn labrum, doctor will confirm tomorrow.

Does anyone out there with labral tears still Snatch? It really doesn't affect my press or jerk, but I wanted to be able to snatch more than my bodyweight eventually.
Catching is indeed indicative of torn labrum.

Depending on the extent of the damage you may require surgery. After repair you should be good to go.... within 8-12 months.

If you don't get it repaired based on the problems you are having now you may have trouble snatching for the rest of your life... but it's possible it may go away.
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:40 AM   #8
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Doctor says not torn but that I have supraspinatus impingement. Can you say resistance bands?

Apparently my shoulder is clicking and popping, not clunking. I'm psyched that there's nothing indicating surgery at this point, but it sucks to be told to take it easy as I am making the best gains of my life at this point.
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Old 07-09-2010, 02:22 PM   #9
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Doctor says not torn but that I have supraspinatus impingement. Can you say resistance bands?

Apparently my shoulder is clicking and popping, not clunking. I'm psyched that there's nothing indicating surgery at this point, but it sucks to be told to take it easy as I am making the best gains of my life at this point.

You are not alone. Me too i got the same same thing
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:36 PM   #10
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Work on mobility (non-painful), anti-inflammatory, massage if it helps, and ice if it helps.

As it improves work start to add in rotator cuff exercises, then isolation and then your compounds. Should take a week or two between the adding in of more exercises.

roll your t-spine and work on loosening up your muscles with massage.
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