I am 34 years old and have been lifting religiously for 8 years.
8 weeks ago today I felt some slight bicep pain after a hardcore chest and shoulder workout. I weigh 206lbs and declined 315 10 times and threw some heavy dumbbells up for military..then about a dozen more exercises.
I backed off for a few weeks but my biceps started to hurt toward the top of the shoulder. I went to a sport's doctor (big mistake..should have went to ortho instead) and was told I have bicep tendonitis. So I had to stop going to the gym and started the at-home exercises with bands and little weights.
This PT at home felt worthless and made my injury worse. I begged for an MRI and after several more weeks I finally got my MRI. Here are the findings
1) Rotator Cuff tendonitis and Bursitis (No tears..thank god!)
2) Small posterior Labral Tear and fraying (oh no!)
3) AC joint arthritis
4) Degenerative bone marrow edema of distal clavicle (bone bruise caused by the labral tear or tendonitis)
I finally got the Cortisone shot in each joint.... this took 95% of the horrible pains away within 48 hours... only side effects is insomnia. My therapist was pissed that it took them 7-8 weeks after injury to give me the shot.
Today was my first day of PT... basic exercises with 3 and 5 lb weights, ultrasounds, and icing. The therapist said I have 4 more weeks of PT and then I can start back up at gym. I can not do anything push related for another 3 months...and when I do start bench pressing I have to use a narrow grip (less than 1.5x shoulder width) for life. She suggested that decline DB and close grip incline would be the best for my shoulders.
I was told that I should not get surgery and that I can deal with all the systems with PT and the cortisone shots.
Has anyone experienced and injury like this? It feels like a hot knife is being jabbed into your shoulder after just 1 push up. Needless to say I have had severe depression and this is my first major injury. This sucks.
Anyone help these injuries would be greatly appreciated.