Hi, only recently started posting but as soon as I do I pick up an injury I was hoping someone might be able to give me a rough idea as to how long this injury will keep me out and if I can exercise at all. I have been training for about 6 months now, eating relatively healthily and was really pleased with my progress. I am 43 now and have the above injury. I would rate it as very mild but want to heal as quick as possible. If training will hinder that then I won't. All input is greatly appreciated.
You need to go see a doc/professional about this. There's nothing we can do. Only the doc or specialist will be able to tell you what you can or can't do based on the level of your injury.
Last edited by sCaRz*Of*PaiN; 01-21-2007 at 04:31 PM.
"The only easy day was yesterday."
Thanks, understand what you are saying but just wanted ball park figures for a not too serious injury. Problem is with a doctor is you tell them how it came about and they tell you you shouldn't be lifting those sort of weights and go for a brisk stroll three times a week to keep in shape, or something along those lines.
There really is no way to tell. Could be a week, could be a few weeks. And it's irrelevant if the doctor tells you to stop having a lifting lifestyle. That's not going to stop you, is it? If he brings that up, just say you're going to continue lifting anyway and you'd like advice on how to heal and prevent further injury.
What exercise did you injure yourself on?
"The only easy day was yesterday."
The other guys are right. You'll need to see a doctor. If it is in fact your rotator cuff, then at the very least you probably have some rotator cuff tendonitis. Its the kind of injury that is very common in baseball pitchers and mostly occurs because of overuse. Worst case scenario you may have some tears. This is less likely unless there was some severe trauma.
h: 5'10" w: 169
Assuming you are on your way right now to see a doctor, and that he gives you good advice, which you follow to the letter and that only then do you want our advice on this question, I will offer the following:
I don't know how old you are or what exactly you did to your shoulder, but in my case I tore up a shoulder about five or six years ago that hurt so badly for so long that I could rarely sleep an entire night without waking up in pain at least once. Still hurts even now. My doc says it may never heal properly on its own and wants me to consider surgery. I really was stupid for ignoring it.
The point is: Don't screw around with your shoulders. See a professional and follow his advice. Now. It will just get worse if you ignore it and keep doing what got you here.
I finally wisened up and now follow my Doc's and Physical Therapist's advice. After a long time of doing next to nothing but the prescribed rehab exercises, I am finally training with weights again, but I have to be careful which lifts I do and how I do them. In general, according to their instructions, I never do wide grip anything. EVER. Whether it's pull-ups or overhead presses, a wide grip is a recipe for pain.
My favorite exercise for injured shoulders [other than the stuff the doctor ordered, of course] is something called the "Arnie Press". Do a search. I love it. You may like it too.
In the meantime, ice, rest, Advil, and doctor's orders only. With a fresh injury you should not even be thinking of what exercise to do next. That old saw of "working through injuries" will only make things worse. I know from hard experience. Sit back and think of how much time you'll waste and how many goals will go unmet if you're an idiot like I was and let this go unchecked for years. Get thee hence to a doctor.
Last edited by beatlesfreak; 01-23-2007 at 12:21 AM.
Don't lift at all. I would definately suggest playing it safe.
If you try to lift and make it worse you'll be counting your time out of the gym in months and not in weeks. Don't risk making it worse. Go to the docs and have a physical examination done - no-one can really guage your injury over the internet unfortunately.
I'll say it again - do not lift.
Thanks for all the replies and sound advice. I haven't done any training at all since i injured my shoulder. Thing is, I picked the injury while putting a fallen fence in my backyard back. Will be seeing the doc on Monday to see the extent of the damage so fingers crossed...