Have you seen shoulder/back damage like this before? Have you seen shoulder/back damage like this before?

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    Question Have you seen shoulder/back damage like this before?

    full back relaxed and flexed.jpg
    left side flexed vs right side flexed.jpg

    ~4mos ago, I injured my "shoulder" (more on this). A month into my injury not healing, I saw a PT and began doing the PT regimen, which I still do today. I saw a shoulder surgeon (Dr) a month ago and had an MRI done on my shoulder which revealed inflammation and a labrum tear.

    Monday, I began doing a a new PT program called "crossover symmetry" which uses resistance bands. One of the "red flags" the program describes, which might make a person a poor candidate for rehabbing a shoulder injury with PT alone, was back and/or shoulder asymetry. I never look at my back, so I examined myself in the mirror and I see I have a "dent" in my top-left upper back/shoulder. Basically, instead of 2 protruding scapula (healthy/normal), my left scapula doesn't protrude (the injured/hurting shoulder) and my right scapula does (the healthy shoulder).

    I'm going back to the shoulder surgeon on 7/1. I don't know how this was missed by the PT guy or the Dr. If it wasn't missed, I have no idea why it was never mentioned to me.

    Has anyone seen this kind of injury? Do you have any idea what specific muscles/etc may be damaged? Any experience seeing how people recover from this? I'm 34 and have 3 young kids I want to play sports with but my left shoulder pain makes life difficult.

    I stopped doing any kind of lifts other than PT, as prescribed by my current "crossover symmetry" program, but prior to the program I could/can overhead press as long as I don't shove my head under the bar to lock the movement out - as I long as I keep my upper back extended I'm OK. I can't do pushups or pullups. I can do chinups and neutral grip pullups without much or any pain. I can do deadlifts and rows without pain.

    Thanks for any help or suggestions you can give!

    David

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    Since the light is directional in these photos, it's not possible to assess the defect you're referring to. Anything called "Crossover Symmetry" has to be effective, or the PT wouldn't have prescribed it. Post the MRI report.

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    Hi, Mark! I'll request the MRI report and advise asap. BTW I really enjoyed Starting Strength (the book) and many YouTube videos you've created/participated in. You're great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    ... Anything called "Crossover Symmetry" has to be effective, or the PT wouldn't have prescribed it...
    Do I detect sarcasm?

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