My client experiences pain in his shoulder sometimes it actually locks up when we’re doing exercises such as overhead press, push ups even a bicep a curl or tricep dip’s. He doesn’t want to see a physical therapist which would help me figure out what exercises would be contradictory. He literally will hit it and says that he feels that that unlocks the shoulder this is been going on with him for over 10 years. I worked on mobility with TRX and no wait over 5 pounds. I’m trying to determine what exercises I should not do with him and what exercises I could do with him that would increase his strength without exacerbating the situation. I feel very limited in my knowledge in this area and try to attend appointments with my other clients to actually do you see physical therapist but each client is an individual and age for their situations are individual. What class or CERT could I take to help me increase my knowledge of exercises that would be indicated in contraindicated and what would you do if this was your client? I know we should not diagnosed as personal trainers.
I’m with the room on this one. Your guy needs to see an Orthopedic Doc & get to the bottom of that. Things like that don’t usually get better by ignoring them – especially shoulders. I would be working around it in the meantime until he gets it looked at. I’d stay away from overhead presses & dips – anything where he feels discomfort. Convince him that he’s probably going to be dealing with it forever if he wants to keep training and continues to ignore it. He’s had this going on for 10 years? And I thought I was bad seeing doctors when I should! Good luck Lisa.
I also agree that a physician will need to clear this person. His symptoms are similar to a frozen shoulder syndrome, but without knowing for sure it’s hard to tell. An MD would most likely prescribe for him some PT and that might be the way to go about it. 10 years is a long time to have this type of issue. As I mentioned in my previous answer a MAT therapist could be very helpful with this type of issue, a MD diagnosis would be the first step to consider (the MD might even refer him to a MAT therapist).
I agree with Martin that he needs to have a physician/ortho look at his shoulder. There’s no guessing here, he needs a doctor who can diagnose the situation–not just treat the symptoms.
There are just too many issues that can affect the shoulder. Continuing to train him without knowing exactly what his injuries are could lead to further damage.
It’s always best to get a definitive answer.