Hey guys... I haven't been here in over a year but I figured this would be the best place to get advice because this community never failed me before.
So, two weeks ago, I'm doing the military press and I made the stupid move of going too heavy without a spotter, and dislocated my shoulder while racking the weight. The most painful injury I've ever experienced...
The first thing the doctor says to me after he resets my shoulder is my "body building days are over" - just the thing I wanted to hear. I was devastated when he told me this and the experiences I read about dislocated shoulders don't give me much hope either.
My question is, have any of you ever dislocated your shoulder or know anything who returned to body building with success?
I've dislocated mine numerous times. First off your body building days are not over however after dislocating once it becomes easier to dislocate the more times it happens. It creates a groove in your joint allowing it to slip out easier. Thing that worked best for me has been internal and external rotator cuff work. Now I know everyone loves to push themselves but if you feel it start to get wobbly or strange discomfort in a gym session call it a day. I know that sucks but trust your body it might mean a day here and there where you cut a good workout short but it prevents you from having to take weeks off for recovery. Best of luck man
Go get x-rays and you probably will need surgery and physical therapy.
I know tons of people who have had there shoulder dislocated either lifting weights or boxing, IMO one of the worst injuries you can have, I can't think of any of them who ever bounced back fully from thst injury, especially the boxers.
The weight lifters all had to change there routines and cut out certain workouts. And these guys actually got the surgeries and went through therapy, the guys that didn't, pop there shoulder out all he time.
I agree... X-rays don't tell you anything. The doctor took a look at it and said "your shoulder is out"... No *****.
I saw a shoulder specialist and he was a little more informative and advised me to stay away from dumbbells. Which sucks because I actually prefer dumbbell over barbell but I agree with the reasoning.
I'm gonna try PT and if it comes out again then I'm opting for surgery. I do hear it's not pleasant at all but it provides some glimmer of hope.
The specialist said stay away from dumbells? That's what I mainly use now and I feel like it helps my stability but obviously I'm no doctor. The ****** part about shoulders is even w an MRI and the dye they inject for it you can't truly tell the damage until they open you up. The recovery is a ***** too. Good luck man and let me know if you have any questions on the surgery.
Do you use db for shoulder press? I was advised not to use db's for shoulder press as the increased range of motion poses a risk if the weight were to become unstable as I fatigued. I will use db's for chest press but I'd be very reluctant to use them for shoulder press. Barbell, the smith and hammer machine were recommended. How long did it take you to start lifting with your injured shoulder?