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01-08-2020, 09:56 AM
 
Hi all

Those of you on here that know me will remember that the reason I joined this forum some 10+ (?) years ago is because I injured my shoulder (sanding down a ceiling over a 2 day period). It took over a month to be able to use my arm again and 5 months physio (which did nothing). I had to take over a year off any physical training (upper body) and then it took about 2 years to get the strangth back there.

But it never fully healed and has caused pain for years. When I get a flare up it can be bad meaning I have to take time off training etc.

Anyway, on Monday this week I went to a shoulder specialist who found the cause of the problem - I have supraspinatus tendinopathy. He basically found the problem within a few minutes doing an ultrasound scan. Basically the orginal tendon tear never properly healed, so I have calcified tendon tissue where the original injury was which keeps flaring up.

I had a course of shockwave therapy and will be having two more (7 days apart). He thinks the injury will then heal and we can then work on building the strangth up again.

He has said to lay off training for a few weeks until he can get me on a progressive strength plan, but said that isometrics are fine to do now and will be perfect for the healing process.

Just wondered if anyone has any good shoulder isometric exercises? I will be digging out my 'Isometric Power Revolution' book later anyway.

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01-08-2020, 11:14 AM
 
If you have John's book PYTP, there is a great section on Shoulder Excercises. These are not ISO's but it will give you some great ideas for implementing ISO's from a positional standpoint.
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01-09-2020, 03:06 PM
 
Hello Kenpopaul,


Isn't it amazing to see how far medical technology has come (That's meant as a statement and not a question).

I first read about shockwave treatment when it was being used to treat racehorses. Needless to say, it is cutting therapy. Sadly, there are a great number of people that have gone under the knife that could have had a far better outcome if shockwave therapy had been used.

At any rate, by the time you're ready to start intensive rehab training I'm expecting to have something ready that can help you. This brings up a point.

I was talking to a friend that is a medical doctor and he tells me that more and more orthopedic specialists are seeing patients that have developed extraordinary strength in certain directions of movement while becoming disproportionately weak in other directions. his point to me was that he is convinced that if strength is developed from all angles it will go a long way toward preventing certain injuries from occurring in the first place. He also believes that Isometric contraction will be used for this purpose in the future.

I find it interesting that you acquired your injury as you stated here:


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Those of you on here that know me will remember that the reason I joined this forum some 10+ (?) years ago is that I injured my shoulder (sanding down a ceiling over a 2 day period). It took over a month to be able to use my arm again and 5 months physio (which did nothing). I had to take over a year off any physical training (upper body) and then it took about 2 years to get the strength back there.



What you are saying seems to be in agreement with what Dr. Thompson was stating. You may have been incredibly strong in certain directions without the slightest idea that sanding down a ceiling would put excess strain on muscles and tendons of the shoulder structure that were not accustomed to it.

Anyway, in the near future, you will be able to exercise the entire shoulder structure with a series of Isometric Contractions that will help to create uniform strength from almost all angles.

As I read what you wrote I couldn't help but think of a conversation I had with Jack King and he told me that he could not perform any pressing movements of any kind without extreme pain and yet he could do push-ups with feet elevated and hands-on floor that helped him to heal his shoulders over the course of time only to be severely reinjured when he went back to the weights. So severely, in fact, that at that point he could not go back to his push-ups. It would have been wonderful if Jack had shockwave therapy available to him during the early 1990s.

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01-16-2020, 06:40 AM
 
Hi

Thanks for the input gbjj and John.

I will have a look in johns books once I did them out of starage (from moving house).

John - I have now had 2 treatments of shockwave therapy and am very pleased as it's been pain free the last 4 days now. The first week hurt a lot, but a nice kind of pain - a bit like after you've done a workout and it's sore - that kind of feeling.

I am due back again next Monday for the final treatment, then he's going to start me on a program to build strength up so I will be also doing isometrics too. He won't be seeing me for 8 weeks then to check my progress.

Your statement about Jack King and the pushups always sticks in my memory ever since reading it in one of your books years ago, as throughout the last 10 years I have always been able to do incline pushups with no pain, especially when I shorten the range slightly.

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