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Old 04-09-2012, 07:17 AM
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I have 2 bad shoulders. Both have dislocated over a dozen times. Forward and down out of the socket. Have to put myself in a traction position to get them back in. The first time it happened on each it was excrutiating. The last time it happened it hardly slowed me down. No lasting pain at all. Neitehr side has been out for 7 years. I have learned to live with it. I can throw a wicked spiral short, just can't throw long (can't move my amr for much of an upward trajectory). I sleep on my back, and can't put my arms above my head, or they will slide out in my sleep. My arms can go above 180 degrees upward, but they are not much good there. If I tried to catch a foot ball zinging at me for example, and it was over my head, when the foot ball hits my arm the should just might pop out. As long as my arms are under 180 degrees I am 100%.

With all that said here is my issue. This weekend I was waxing the boat. Arms overheard applying pressure forward. Wax on, wax off. My left should got a really bad pain right on the very top of it. When I push down on the bony part right on the top of my shoulder it is a little painful. If I rotate my arm as you do when you are jogging, and rotate it beyond 180 degrees upward I get a very bad pain and a mild pop, like a nerve is going on the wrong side of where it supposed to or something. Any idea what this new pain could be?
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:34 AM
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Jim; if you need to get checked out, I went to the "Arnold Palmer" clinic. I couldn't move my right shoulder. I called an orthopedic specialist and couldn't get an appointment for A COUPLE OF WEEKS. They recommended this place. You go in the next day, get evaluated, they send you for an mri, you go back and IF you need to see an orthopedic specialist, they schedual you.
It worked out great for me. Some physical therapy and I was ok. I'll google it and see what hospital they are affiliated with. Look for a followup post.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:38 AM
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Jim; it's Union Memorial Hospital.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:44 PM
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Your new pain sounds like it could be impingement syndrome, where the head of the humerus(the ball) impinges on structures underneath the acromion (the shelf on top of the shoulder). It's pretty common and can often be addressed with specific shoulder exercises to strengthen the rotator cuff. I would be more concerned with the chronic dislocations if they restrict your activities. Either way I'd probably go an orthopedist or physical therapist to get it checked out.
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I checked it out. Seems to be exactly whats going on. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by rusbob View Post
Your new pain sounds like it could be impingement syndrome, where the head of the humerus(the ball) impinges on structures underneath the acromion (the shelf on top of the shoulder). It's pretty common and can often be addressed with specific shoulder exercises to strengthen the rotator cuff. I would be more concerned with the chronic dislocations if they restrict your activities. Either way I'd probably go an orthopedist or physical therapist to get it checked out.
I agree. I had a right shoulder impingement many years ago. The problems persist today.

Jim, is there a small bump on top of your shoulder where the AC joint is located? You may have some arthritis in that AC joint as well.

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The sudden dislocation sounds like what used to happen to me after a labrum (bankart) tear. Good luck.
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