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Injury caused by Incline Dumbbell Flyes at gym

AmbrosiusAAmbrosius Posts: 4
edited 04/03/2014 - 7:17 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic

I'm 26 years old and since nearly 5 years ago I have got an injury in my back. I was at gym doing the exercise called "Incline Dumbbell Flyes" and all of a sudden when I opened (streched) my arms I felt an extremely sharp pain near the muscle (on the right side) called "teres minor muscle" and "levator scapulae" (I don't know exactly whether they are the right muscles but anyway I feel the pain near of them). I really don't know what more I could do in order to alleviate and cure this pain. It is killing me. Please, help me.



  • Ambrosius, it sounds as if you hurt above or next to your scapula (shoulder blade)?

    It could very well be a muscle sprain that you have continued to injure if you insist on habituating dangerous places like gyms. In this case I imagine that a skilled physical therapist might help you heal that injury.

    But first you'll need a proper diagnosis. How about starting with your doctor?
  • Thank you Philnoir,
    As you wrote I hurt next to my shoulder blade. I think it is around it, it goes from the "teres minor" to the "levator scapule". It is terrible. It affects my humour, my breathing, my night. And to alleviate the pain I note that I'm not moving my neck to the right side anymore. It unconscious. I have to go to the doctor urgently.
    Thank you.
  • Ambrosius. I understand -- have been there and done that myself.

    Seeing your doctor is the first step, so that he/she can examine you and diagnose the underlying problem.

    However, sometimes simple behavioral changes can help neck and shoulder pain. For instance, have you tried simple remedies like icing levator and the trapesius muscle? Sometimes alternating ice and heat helps a lot with this kind of pain.

    How's your sleeping? I have found that I need to carefully support my head and neck with rolled up towels or pillows when I am lying down. It is important to keep the neck in line with the rest of the spine to avoid that "pinched neck" feeling in the morning. Nothing can be more frustrating than wake up with increased neck and shoulder pain -- sleeping is supposed to refresh one.

    If this is a soft tissue problem, it can help (temporarily) to immobilize the head and neck with a soft collar. Again, ask your doc if this appropriate.

    And if this is an injury, it would be smart to keep out of the gym for a while to let this heal. Many athletes can't get off the bench due to re-injury.

    Good luck.
  • Thanks for your tips .
    I've tried several things : acupuncture, chiropractic , massage , ointments but I have not tried hot and cold compresses. My sleep is sometimes good and sometimes bad . When I 'm too tired I can sleep well . But when I 'm a bit nervous and tense is impossible to sleep because the pain is greater .

    I have noticed something interesting with my pain : breathing. I remember perfectly the day I started to feel it . That fateful day at the gym ! It was morning , I had not done the warm up exercises and I was tense . My breathing was shallow .

    I believe that if I was with a proper breathing that day I would not have had this injury . This question of breathing has nothing mystical or " eastern " , but has to do with a simple matter of biomechanics : if our breathing is shallow at the moment we are doing some exercise then our muscles will not stretch enough , and this will facilitate lesions . I have been reading about it and both my personal impressions as my reading has confirmed this impression : a cause of injury is inadequate breathing.

    Do you have the same impression? Tell me, it would be great to discover that others have the same impression that I'v got.
  • Well, it could have been your breathing. But maybe were slightly off balance, or simply had too much weight?

    It is my sincere wish that you find the answers to your questions and your pain problems. Be well.
  • You may have damaged your thoracic spine if you have trouble breathing. If this injury has persisted for 5 years it most likely is not muscle damage unless you have kept doing the same thing over and over and not rested your muscles. Firstly you need an Xray to see if you have damaged your thoracic spine and an MRI.

    I don't know how it works in the US but I have some of the some symptoms I have as well and I have a crushed thoracic vertebra. When breathing is involved it can be serious. Is the pain there all the time? What level pain do you have. What makes it better or worse? You should keep a pain diary for a week every 30 minutes - one side activity - other side pain level.

    Check to see if your hips are aligned. Sleeping with a pillow between your knees also helps as it takes pressure off your spine.

    You spinal cord runs through your cervical (neck) and upper (thoracic) spine. It's not something your should ignore. Please go to GP - tell him your symptoms and he may refer you to a specialist. If possible try to be referred to an upright MRI. These MRI's can show what happens if you are weight bearing. Hopefully for you it is just muscular, (if it is you need to see an osteopath or physiotherapist, but you need to stop gym for a while - if it's muscle it will heal - if is a disc or vertebrae you need to see a specialist. But whatever happens you do need a correct diagnosis.
  • Hi,
    I feel its high time now you are feeling your back pain since from 5 years. You should consult to your doctor about this. Doing exercise is good but lifting high weights without any gym partner is too risky. But first consult your doctor and then try to start your exercise with the a help of gym buddy so that you don't harm again to your back.
  • Hi,
    I feel its high time now you are feeling your back pain since from 5 years. You should consult to your doctor about this. Doing exercise is good but lifting high weights without any gym partner is too risky. But first consult your doctor and then try to start your exercise with the a help of gym buddy so that you don't harm again to your back.
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