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I’ve been dealing with a LONG-TERM mobility issue that impacts my entire left shoulder complex. While surgery might remove the mechanical problem, no one will promise that my shoulder will work any better afterwards so I am not going there.
definitely would avoid surgery for as long as possible!
oh and did you have a previous shoulder injury or did you just discover this when you started lifting?
My coracoid process is blocked from moving properly – and yes, I did smashing and mobilizing for months until we figured out the problem. I had a broken humerus and collar bone at 13 that wasn’t treated properly and then I was sedentary for the next (mumble, mumble) decades. Consequences from the improperly treated shoulder has led to a mechanical problem that has really effected my external rotation. Thankfully that shoulder is VERY stable, so deadlifting and related lifts aren’t a problem. The problem comes when I want to do something at shoulder height or higher.
hmm if you lay down straight with legs/feet together and brace your torso, can you move both your arms into the overhead position without pain or restriction? have you seen a PT about this?
No, David that is impossible, and there are mechanical reasons for that. Yes, I’ve seen multiple specialists on this. PT, ART, chiropractors. I am now working with an Osteopath who has had more positive results than anyone, but there is only so much improvement that can be expected without surgery. So far there are no recommendations to pursue that as they consider it quite likely that my shoulder wouldn’t improve – this dysfunctional situation has been around for most of my life. I am not trying to work on my OH position – just focusing on my front squat and trying to determine if that needs to go the way of OH lifting or if I’ve hope.
Good to hear you are finding out the cause of some restrictions and what is/isn’t possible within your situation.
Great that you are seeing improvements where improvements can be expected.
I would agree that surgery for the sake of surgery isn’t a good idea. Where it healed incorrectly many years ago this limits options and outcomes with opening it up again.
Learning to work within your ranges and feeding as much slack as possible will allow you to get the most out of the situation. Yes there may be some skills you aren’t able to perform, but its not from a lack of trying. There is a mechanical restriction that won’t allow it. So focus on what you are able to do.
Feeding slack from the elbow,lateral seam, and tricep can help to improve position if these areas are tight.
Have you ever tried using towels so you can get the elbows into a front rack video attached not me. He is using deadlift straps I think in the video.
This thread is more than a year old. But I will provide an update in case others have this problem. As it turns out, my left scapula is almost entirely frozen as a consequence of a 40+ year old injury. Bilateral lifting just isn’t in the cards for me. That “little” problem affects my entire movement pattern on that side and bilateral lifting is just plain ugly.. We focused on that area for several years with everything short of surgery – and THAT isn’t guaranteed to actually work. I also won’t undergo surgery so I can do Olympic lifting. I have moved onto other lifting styles and activities that my body can actually do properly. My shoulder anatomy isn’t normal and that isn’t going to change. While I am doing very different things these days, my body is responding without further injury. I will take it! To me the most important thing is to focus on physical activities that are sustainable for life, and for me, this isn’t.