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    Not trying to sound dramatic, but I feel like giving up at this point

    22 years old, male

    About 2,5 months ago I injured my left shoulder. I was running on the treadmil, pressed the button for it to stop. The machine got stuck however and it kept running. I did not notice, I stepped in the middle, and I was at the same time holding the handle with my left arm. Which led to my shoulder being ultra stretched (cracking sound aswell).

    Could barely move my arm even 1 inch for the following 2-3 days. Stopped training completely (not like I could with the pain anyway) for about 2 weeks. Then I started light exercises and stretching. At the same time I had an MRI with the following results: Bone Marrow Edema and Tendonitis. No tear, results/doctor said.

    Orthopedist suggested me to stop working out completely for a few weeks, until pain goes away. I continued however (yes I am an idiot), very carefully however, light weight, stretches etc). Then 1,5 month later I re-injured it with a 3 pound dumbell (heard another crack sound) and pain the next days. Since then I haven't touched weights with my left arm.

    Been 2,5-3 months since the initial injury, and about 1,5 month since the re-injury (it set me back a few weeks).

    I don't feel pain anymore. I can freely move my arm. I can do everything but one movement. I cannot reach my back with my left arm past a certain point. I can reach the middle of my back, but if I try to touch the back of my neck with my hand, I feel pain/discomfort. I can still reach it, but it hurts.


    Not me in the pictures obviously. With my non-injured arm I can do it by the way, as expected.

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    Not sure what to do. Doctor says let it heal more. He says injury is not needed at all. But it has been 3 months almost. I am also very young, this type of injuries should heal faster, no? Pain overall is improving, but I feel that the past 1 month it hasn't been a difference. I can do everything but the mentioned movement. Which means something is still wrong with my shoulder.

    Should I see another orthopedist? I hate it that I can't workout properly anymore.
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    first of all: you need to change your perspective on this and use it as an opportunity to learn more about fitness, excercise and how the body works. Second of all, you should really be doing mobility exercises on your shoulder every day. simply not using your arm will lead to atrophy, which does no good to you or it. re evaluate your whole workout routine, start adding in both static and active stretches to your pre workout warm up and cool down, maybe give weights a rest for a few weeks and start looking into calisthenics until you feel confident you won't re injur your self again.
    just my two cents.
    good luck friend!
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