Can't bend elbow or touch shoulder from Judo arm bars
Hi. About 3 months ago I noticed that I could not touch my shoulders anymore after a Judo practice.
I chalked this up to just overuse and arm bars and figured it would go away on it's own like normal.
So after noticing that after a month it wasn't getting better I actually decided to back off from training 4x a week and let it rest over the holiday season (about 1 week totally off then next 2 weeks going easy).
(I did the quick response thing too so hopefully this is the right process. )
During that time treatments I've done have been the following:
-Foam Rolling (Seemed to help the most)
The healing from that I would say got me about 80% back to normal.
My right arm i can now touch my shoulder and almost straighten however my left arm I can not touch my shoulder and still not straighten.
So taking the next steps I went to a sports Dr which he did an ultra sound and an X-ray on my left elbow as his thought was it's a 'Mechanical Blockage'.
Ultra sound showed fluid in the joint and potential bone spurs however once i did the x-ray he thought maybe a cyst inside my elbow and recommended me to go talk to a surgeon.
This just didn't make sense to me as if it was a 'Mechanical issue' how could my condition vary on getting better/worse with treatment and activity?
Some of my friends are in the PT area and have expressed theories of bicept/tricept tendentious and everything else as to keeping me for full extension or bending.
I'm at a loss here as to what I should be trying to focus on. Last thing I want is to even think about surgery esp if it's only a guess.
Additional conditions that I have noticed:
-bicepts are sore closer to the shoulder (aligned with thumb side)
-Forearms get tired very quickly when typing
-When trying to force my elbow bent i feel the pressure (not sharp pain) in the middle and on the triceps side of my elbow
-When trying to force my
elbow straight pain occurs on the elbow (similar to a Arm Lock/ Arm Bar feeling)
General Stats about me:
-Eat's decently balanced (little junk food)
Yes, you did the Quick Response correctly.
Thanks for the details. A couple clarifying questions:
1. By 'I can't touch the shoulder' I think you mean that you can't bend your elbow/do a bicep curl such that your fingers touch your shoulder (as compared to, say, reaching across your chest with your right hand to touch your left shoulder).
2. From the xrays, your doctor 'thinks' there's a mechanical blockage? Did he actually see anything on the xray to confirm that? Or as you said, is he just guessing, because the xray didn't show anything but you still can't fully bend/straighten your arm?
It sounds like he didn't see enough of anything to explain your scenario and was theorizing.
3. So for both arms you can't fully bend the elbow/arm, and you can't fully straighten the elbow/arm?
4. How bad is the pain? What exactly hurts, and what exactly causes pain? It sounds like it only hurts at the far end of bending/straightening.
And what does 'in the middle' mean, exactly?
5. What exactly did you foam roll and massage?
6. "Last thing I want is to even think about surgery esp if it's only a guess. "
I'm pretty sure I know what you have going on, but answer the above just for fun.----------------------
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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