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    I decided to make this topic because I'd like to hear about peoples' experiences' of having a subluxated shoulder. I'm a competetive judoka, not a wrestler to be exact but I think judo and wrestling are very similiar and I might get a better response in here than in judo-related forums because they tend to focus more on recreational judo.

    I hurt my shoulder sparring and bench pressing afterwards some 7 weeks ago. Went to see a sports doc, he told me I've propably sprained my AC-joint and he told me to take i easy for six weeks and if the pain wouldn't go away I could go get an MRI of it. So, while it wasn't as sore as it was in the beginning it felt like something was not just right and last week I had an MRI taken and I was diagnosed of having a subluxated shoulder because of an tear in the AC-joint. So everything else is okay, it's just the AC-ligament that is causing me trouble because of the tear in it and the shoulder has dropped 1-1,5 cm's lower than the other making the clavicle come up a bit. The actual subluxation is not painful and if I were say a soccer player the injury wouldn't mean a thing. Anyway, the doc told me I can do anything that is not painful (which means no judo, using only dumbbells about 50% of the weight i can lift and for example I'm not very comfortable with pushups atm) and go back to see him if it continues to bother me for 6-8 weeks. He told me surgery isn't the no.1 option right now because the joint isn't completely torn and the rehab after the surgery would take 3 months but I'm pretty sure that if I go see him again in the mentioned 6-8weeks reattaching the joint with surgery will become actual. So for now I just strengthen it with various excercises and try to avoid surgery. Hower I kinda have this feeling that the torn AC will continue to hinder me judo-wise and that I'll never be able to strengthen the muscles enough.

    Have any of the members here been in a similiar situation before and if you have what did you decide to do? Did you just suck it up, slowly build huge shoulders and return to competition as good as ever or did you opt for the surgery?

    Thanks in advance!

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0ONHZmsFec

    This is a pretty good example of rehab exercises.
    I would include light k-bell hi pulls and maybe light k-bell turkish get ups
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    I have one sub shoulder and a torn labrum in the other and they have never healed right. Mostly because I never give myself time off to heal them or have surgery. You wont be able to strengthen the muscle enough IMO to eliminate pain. You can strengthen them enough to increase stabilization. This is just from my experience, your est bet here is to have jointdoc reply or pm him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yozigi View Post
    I decided to make this topic because I'd like to hear about peoples' experiences' of having a subluxated shoulder. I'm a competetive judoka, not a wrestler to be exact but I think judo and wrestling are very similiar and I might get a better response in here than in judo-related forums because they tend to focus more on recreational judo.

    I hurt my shoulder sparring and bench pressing afterwards some 7 weeks ago. Went to see a sports doc, he told me I've propably sprained my AC-joint and he told me to take i easy for six weeks and if the pain wouldn't go away I could go get an MRI of it. So, while it wasn't as sore as it was in the beginning it felt like something was not just right and last week I had an MRI taken and I was diagnosed of having a subluxated shoulder because of an tear in the AC-joint. So everything else is okay, it's just the AC-ligament that is causing me trouble because of the tear in it and the shoulder has dropped 1-1,5 cm's lower than the other making the clavicle come up a bit. The actual subluxation is not painful and if I were say a soccer player the injury wouldn't mean a thing. Anyway, the doc told me I can do anything that is not painful (which means no judo, using only dumbbells about 50% of the weight i can lift and for example I'm not very comfortable with pushups atm) and go back to see him if it continues to bother me for 6-8 weeks. He told me surgery isn't the no.1 option right now because the joint isn't completely torn and the rehab after the surgery would take 3 months but I'm pretty sure that if I go see him again in the mentioned 6-8weeks reattaching the joint with surgery will become actual. So for now I just strengthen it with various excercises and try to avoid surgery. Hower I kinda have this feeling that the torn AC will continue to hinder me judo-wise and that I'll never be able to strengthen the muscles enough.

    Have any of the members here been in a similiar situation before and if you have what did you decide to do? Did you just suck it up, slowly build huge shoulders and return to competition as good as ever or did you opt for the surgery?

    Thanks in advance!
    i don't know what my specific shoulder problem is, no MRI but our complaint seems similar. i have noticable clunking or clicking that is not painful but just doesn't feel quite right. i've worked it since 2005 when there was a workout that i attribute the original injury to. it was very painful after a workout, delayed onset. persistent pain until i went to a chiropractor that popped my should back and it brought gradual relief of the pain i had. since then, going on 4 years, the joint doesn't feel stable. i do not compete anymore but do a lot of exercise. i can chin, push-ups, overhead presses etc. if i go heavy my shoulder will bother me for a few days and then get better. i have a pins and needles sensation that will come and go over my scapula on the same side. i think it is related to the shoulder but i don't know the mechanics of it for sure. i guess i'm waiting for mine to tell me in no uncertain terms, "you have to go to the Dr. now" then i will go get it fixed.
    but then again, i may be retarded

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    I was given the same advice -strengthen the surrounding and supporting muscles -ended up tearing the biceps tendon then further enlargening the rotator cuff tears until even surgery did not help-eventually had to have a replacement at age 51 . Don't remember much between 47 and 50 because they had me so doped up-this site

    Shoulder doc .com UK-

    is wonderful-I sent them my MRI report and they accurately diagnosed ROTATOR CUFF ARTHROPATHY-where the tears are too large to fix and the joint has severe arthritis causing unbearable pain -go to this site -type in the results of your MRI and Dr. Funk WILL help or will direct you to someone who will

    No matter how much the sling helps -only wear it sparingly as a frozen shoulder is horrible .
    I wish you luck .

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