I don't normally post here, but thought I might get good input after my shoulder started having issues.
A little background:
I am a newbie in terms of weight training. I started having clicking with no pain in the shoulder in August 2007. I don't remember any painful accident on or off the gym just before that (though I did train pretty hard around that time). [The clicking happens when I do lateral raises (unweighted or weighted), especially with the thumb pointed down. With front raises, unless I do them weighted with decent weight, it doesn't happen. The clicking/popping/grinding angle is between 80 to 110 degrees. It is a series of clicks rather than just one.]
At first I thought it would go away and didn't do anything about it. Showed it to 2 doctors in 2008 and they told me to do RC exercises. After August 2008 it got slightly worse and there is no slight pain with the click.
In 2009 I tried PT again and showed it to another doctor who ordered x-rays and MRI. Supraspinatus outlet view x-ray showed an acromion bone spur (sorry, I don't have a picture of the x-ray). I got the MRI done and the report. The doctor now says that I have an anterior labrum tear with some supraspinatus thickening. The pain is caused when the anterior labrum is caught by the humerus. This also causes the audible and palatable click when the shoulder moves through the 90 degree lateral raise motion.
He gave me a cortisone shot today and will determine if I need something bigger (surgery) to fix the labrum tear/fraying if it doesn't help. He did tell me that the labrum tear is not a SLAP one.
Here is the MRI report:
Study: MRI of the left shoulder without contrast
Findings: The acromioclavicular joint is unremarkable.
There is diffuse thickening of the posterior aspect of the supraspinatus tendon, without focal tearing. The remaining portions of the supraspinatus tendon are unremarkable. The infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis tendons are unremarkable. No muscle atrophy of the rotator cuff is identified.
The biceps tenon is unremarkable. There is abnormal increased signal within the anterior labrum (axial sequence, images 12, 15) of unclear etiology. Further evaluation is limited owing to lack of significant joint effusion. There is no associated Hill-Sachs deformity.
The humeral head is normally situated. Normal marrow signal intensity is seen.
1. Abnormal signal intensity within the anterior labrum of unclear etiology. Further evaluation is limited owing to lack of significant joint effusion. An MR arthrogram is recommended for further evaulation.
2. Mild tendinosis of the posterior aspect of the supraspinatus tendon, without tearing.
My question to you guys it this:
Has anyone had something similar to this? How serious is this injury? Can you do swimming/weight lifting with this?