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Shoulder Joint Pain

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  • Posted By: sleepygator
  • June 10, 2009
  • 06:25 PM

This is my first post to this website, so if there is anything that I leave out that may help figure out my issue, please let me know and I will provide it if i can.

I am currently 21 years old. When I was younger, I believe it started around 13 years old, my shoulder started "clicking" when I would do certain activities, i.e. pushups, or move it in a certain way. I was able to voluntarily click my shoulder, and it became a "hey cool, im double jointed" kind of thing. I was later told by a physical therapist that my tendon was like a tight rope being pulled over the corner of a desk, sort of snapping as it moved back and forth, and that was what made the clicking sensation. I was relatively active until last year. I did activities such as soccer, light weight lifting, and crew (rowing), but in the past year I have been studying more and am significantly less active.

I noticed about 8 months ago that my shoulder joint would click and hurt more frequently. Turning my steering wheel in a certain way, for instance, would cause it to click and hurt. I went to a doctor who told me that I have arthritis in my clavicle, but I'm only 21, so it seems unlikely. (I'm also not a doctor so what do i know?) The doctor also said it could be inflammation, so he gave me a cortisone shot. and NEVER AGAIN will I do that. I had some sort of a reaction, i believe it's called a rebound, which froze my shoulder in place and made it excruciating to move. Eventually that pain dissipated, but now my shoulder hurts more than ever. Lifting even light objects will cause clicking and pain, mostly due to the strain that i can feel on my joint. It feels like two pieces are being separated and thus any force i can generate is significantly weaker. I'm probably going to get a second opinion from another doctor, but I was looking for some input on what might be wrong. Thank you for whatever you can provide.

P.S. I am also able to click my left shoulder, but the clicking was never as dramatic as the right shoulder. There is no pain in my left shoulder.

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  • This is my first post to this website, so if there is anything that I leave out that may help figure out my issue, please let me know and I will provide it if i can. I am currently 21 years old. When I was younger, I believe it started around 13 years old, my shoulder started "clicking" when I would do certain activities, i.e. pushups, or move it in a certain way. I was able to voluntarily click my shoulder, and it became a "hey cool, im double jointed" kind of thing. I was later told by a physical therapist that my tendon was like a tight rope being pulled over the corner of a desk, sort of snapping as it moved back and forth, and that was what made the clicking sensation. I was relatively active until last year. I did activities such as soccer, light weight lifting, and crew (rowing), but in the past year I have been studying more and am significantly less active. I noticed about 8 months ago that my shoulder joint would click and hurt more frequently. Turning my steering wheel in a certain way, for instance, would cause it to click and hurt. I went to a doctor who told me that I have arthritis in my clavicle, but I'm only 21, so it seems unlikely. (I'm also not a doctor so what do i know?) The doctor also said it could be inflammation, so he gave me a cortisone shot. and NEVER AGAIN will I do that. I had some sort of a reaction, i believe it's called a rebound, which froze my shoulder in place and made it excruciating to move. Eventually that pain dissipated, but now my shoulder hurts more than ever. Lifting even light objects will cause clicking and pain, mostly due to the strain that i can feel on my joint. It feels like two pieces are being separated and thus any force i can generate is significantly weaker. I'm probably going to get a second opinion from another doctor, but I was looking for some input on what might be wrong. Thank you for whatever you can provide. P.S. I am also able to click my left shoulder, but the clicking was never as dramatic as the right shoulder. There is no pain in my left shoulder.I too Have the same condition and also my gp gave me a steroid shot ,which although stiffened my shoulder up then eased and I was back to normal for a couple of months. But gradually the pain returned so back I went and got another shot which again lasted a couple of months before the pain returned. My g.p. recomended physiotherapy which I have been doing for the last 6 weeks with no effect. Like yourself, I have the clicking in the joint and in fact both joints and also have been on the weights although not for some years. The physio`s have suggested that I have a muscle embalance meaning the chest and neck muscles are too tight thus forcing my shoulders forward and causing the ball of the joint to catch on the socket. The puzzling thing is that i am 44 and this only started to happen in the last couple of years and i`m told that it is quite a common condition in younger men like yourself. As yet the physio isn`t having any noticable effect and the pain seems to increase when tired. If and when I can get to the bottom of this I will post the results in the mean time i`m going to carry on with the physio and dose myself up with od liver oil. I may smell like a walruss but it does have some benificial effects. Good luck. Neil
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 23, 2009
    • 00:26 AM
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  • This is my first post to this website, so if there is anything that I leave out that may help figure out my issue, please let me know and I will provide it if i can. I am currently 21 years old. When I was younger, I believe it started around 13 years old, my shoulder started "clicking" when I would do certain activities, i.e. pushups, or move it in a certain way. I was able to voluntarily click my shoulder, and it became a "hey cool, im double jointed" kind of thing. I was later told by a physical therapist that my tendon was like a tight rope being pulled over the corner of a desk, sort of snapping as it moved back and forth, and that was what made the clicking sensation. I was relatively active until last year. I did activities such as soccer, light weight lifting, and crew (rowing), but in the past year I have been studying more and am significantly less active. I noticed about 8 months ago that my shoulder joint would click and hurt more frequently. Turning my steering wheel in a certain way, for instance, would cause it to click and hurt. I went to a doctor who told me that I have arthritis in my clavicle, but I'm only 21, so it seems unlikely. (I'm also not a doctor so what do i know?) The doctor also said it could be inflammation, so he gave me a cortisone shot. and NEVER AGAIN will I do that. I had some sort of a reaction, i believe it's called a rebound, which froze my shoulder in place and made it excruciating to move. Eventually that pain dissipated, but now my shoulder hurts more than ever. Lifting even light objects will cause clicking and pain, mostly due to the strain that i can feel on my joint. It feels like two pieces are being separated and thus any force i can generate is significantly weaker. I'm probably going to get a second opinion from another doctor, but I was looking for some input on what might be wrong. Thank you for whatever you can provide. P.S. I am also able to click my left shoulder, but the clicking was never as dramatic as the right shoulder. There is no pain in my left shoulder.So how is your shoulder now? I have just read your post - I am a physio, your problem is most likely a muscle imbalance - especially serratus anterior which holds the shoulder blade against the ribcage. You should work on strenghthening this muscles as well as the internal and external shoulder rotators. Dave.
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  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. Clicking in any joint is generally not a problem, unless it causes pain. The shoulder joint is rather complicated thus based on your description it is difficult to determine the specific cause of your pain. I would hope you are seeing an orthopedic doctor and not a general MD. I would also suggest you ask for a referral to see a physical therapist to evaluate if the shoulder is moving normally or if there is muscle weakness that is contributing to your pain. In the mean time you can help yourself by minimizing any activities that reproduce your pain. I would also highly recommend applying ice to the shoulder, 10 minutes at a time a few times a day. Do not use heat! Follow this link to read some descriptions of some specific shoulder joint conditions to see if any of them sound like your problem. Then follow the links to the recommended treatment and exercise page. http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/shoulder-joint-pain.html Hope this helps. ~JTrempe PT, ATC
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  • This is my first post to this website, so if there is anything that I leave out that may help figure out my issue, please let me know and I will provide it if i can. I am currently 21 years old. When I was younger, I believe it started around 13 years old, my shoulder started "clicking" when I would do certain activities, i.e. pushups, or move it in a certain way. I was able to voluntarily click my shoulder, and it became a "hey cool, im double jointed" kind of thing. I was later told by a physical therapist that my tendon was like a tight rope being pulled over the corner of a desk, sort of snapping as it moved back and forth, and that was what made the clicking sensation. I was relatively active until last year. I did activities such as soccer, light weight lifting, and crew (rowing), but in the past year I have been studying more and am significantly less active. I noticed about 8 months ago that my shoulder joint would click and hurt more frequently. Turning my steering wheel in a certain way, for instance, would cause it to click and hurt. I went to a doctor who told me that I have arthritis in my clavicle, but I'm only 21, so it seems unlikely. (I'm also not a doctor so what do i know?) The doctor also said it could be inflammation, so he gave me a cortisone shot. and NEVER AGAIN will I do that. I had some sort of a reaction, i believe it's called a rebound, which froze my shoulder in place and made it excruciating to move. Eventually that pain dissipated, but now my shoulder hurts more than ever. Lifting even light objects will cause clicking and pain, mostly due to the strain that i can feel on my joint. It feels like two pieces are being separated and thus any force i can generate is significantly weaker. I'm probably going to get a second opinion from another doctor, but I was looking for some input on what might be wrong. Thank you for whatever you can provide. P.S. I am also able to click my left shoulder, but the clicking was never as dramatic as the right shoulder. There is no pain in my left shoulder. There are numerous conditions of the shoulder that may be causing the symptoms you describe. I would recommend seeing a physiotherapist for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In the mean time check out the following links for a couple of the more common causes of the symptoms you describe including treatment: Rotator Cuff TearRotator Cuff Tendonitis Hope that helps and good luck, PhysioAdvisorwww.PhysioAdvisor.com
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