Thursday, May 21, 2015

Of all the stupid things

It was pushups. Pushup progressions leading toward one-armed pushups, but pushups nonetheless. It couldn't be trail running or kettlebells or ("deep") barbell squats. It was a pushups progression that finally broke the limit.

March 23, I did short sets of half-depth one-armed pushups, as in Convict Conditioning or any number of other programs. I had worked up to this with weeks of close pushups and uneven pushups, hundreds of total reps. I felt confident to try sets of 3 to half depth, but I was naive. I noted the discomfort in my log, then rested from presses and did lighter lifting and therapeutic work through April and early May.

This shoulder is misaligned when overhead, pinched when across the body, and sore in front flexion. It's not necessarily even weak; I'm not unable to lift. Stretching, Indian clubs and stick work, external rotation drills with small weights and bands, scapular retractions: I've done everything I could to reset the impingement and give the joint room to move. It hasn't worked. What bothers me most is that this is still uncomfortable when I passively manipulate the arm, not just when I engage the muscles. That makes me worry about connective tissue.

I'll see my doctor on Friday. We have a good working relationship, and he knows I try to stay athletic. I'm expecting this to prescribe an MRI, and I'm uneasy at how that will turn out.

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