|On the left is my jagged, nasty bone spur. On the right is the smoothed out, yet raw, bone.|
When he injected the enriched plasma, he could see the tendon puff up. A normal, healthy tendon would be too solid to puff up like that. This indicated that I had internal shearing damage to my tendon, in the back of the socket.
|This is the tendon post injection. Notice how poofy it kinda looks?|
He also showed on my MRI how my right and left tendons are basically symmetrical in location and extent of damage.
|Left Shoulder: Notice how the tendon on top of the humerus is dark?|
That means the tendon is solid.
|Left Shoulder: A more posterior image, and now the tendon is light?|
That means water is in the tendon, indicating damage.
That's my story. The bone spur, sure, could have been due to falling repeatedly on my shoulder as a judoka. But the tendon damage in BOTH shoulders is independent of the bone spur. Let's take another look at a snatch photo from about 1.5 years into my Olympic lifting training:
What to notice:
- internally rotated soulders
- huge delts
- relaxed upper back (and therefore, relaxed structures around the scapula)
Now take a look at this:
Also notice my knees rolling in. But whatever.
So to sum it up, I spent my genetics on poor lifting form.
I lifted poorly. Got muscle strong faster than my tendons and ligaments could keep up with (that's some other damage my doc pointed out). And never took the time, even after correcting my lifting form, to back off and fix my muscular imbalances. These imbalances will continue to cause issues in the same fashion, irregardless of technique, because I've let it go so far.
So this physical therapy will definitely be part of the reset button for me. And hopefully a warning sign for the rest of you who have a "did I make the lift/ did I not make the lift" mentality.