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Lateral deltoid pain(5 posts)

Lateral deltoid painSlamden
May 5, 2003 10:20 AM
Does any of the you have any thoughts on a possible cause/cure?

On both of my road bikes, one of which has been professionally fit, I am perfectly comfortable on long rides with one fairly substantial exception--my left lateral deltoid becomes extremely sore, sometimes to the point that I don't even want to support myself with that arm. The pain really kicks in after a few hours on the bike. The odd thing is, my right arm never hurts at all. Admittedly, I don't have too much of a mileage base, so I wonder if this is something that will go away with more miles. Has anyone dealt with anything similar? I haven't tried to adjust the seat at all because I have no idea what kind of adjustment would help.
are you left handed? (nm)ColnagoFE
May 5, 2003 10:36 AM
no, right-handed(nm)Slamden
May 5, 2003 10:48 AM
A few things...funknuggets
May 5, 2003 11:11 AM
Shoulders are a funny monster.

Can you isolate it to the front, lateral or rear delt with any specificity?

Having some experience with shoulder issues, you may try a few things to see if they get better. Without completely understanding your issue, the first thing I would do is to try raising your stem. See what happens, my bet is that it goes away, or at least lessens. Tell me, can you tell if it is the actual muscle, or is it more in the joint. Im also going to estimate that it is in the joint. Shoulders, especially if you have had any "over the handlebar" type wrecks or have had poor weightlifting habits, or any number of falls or repetitive throwing ailments... could cause a small tear to the meniscus which will often only create pain in specific range of motion. So, if it only occurs when you are, for example in your drops... perhaps a change in angle may benefit you. You may also think about this...

Do you have a chiropractor? Poor posture on the bike, despite the best efforts at a professional fit, will not make up for poor posture or spinal issues on the bike. They can manifest in any number of ways. If you have problems, you may compensate by placing more weight on one side or the other. I was recently told by a chiropractor on one of our rides that when I climb in the saddle, I lean to the left and crook my neck to the left. I dont experience shoulder pain as you describe, but I do have some occasional numbness in that hand after a while, so you might consider that...

Just my two cents...

So sayeth the funk
Yeah, raise the bars a bit.dzrider
May 5, 2003 12:45 PM
If you're steerer tube won't allow that, rotate them a few degrees to shorten the reach to the hoods. You should also be certain not to ride with your hands pressing against the outside of the bars. I catch myself riding this way fairly often and it causes problems. My delts hurt - both sides - late in my 300k last year so I raised the bars about 1 cm. It got me through the ride and I've left them there. I did the 600k with no shoulder pain at all.