Anyone who knows anything of my training history, knows that my left hip is NOT happy going in to external rotation; I have problems putting weight on it in rotation, even in neutral with abduction, etc. I’ve spent years blaming it on my high heels and abdominal surgeries (or on a bad day, I just whine that I’m cursed).
I finally hit the point where I needed to figure out what the problem is, as it was affecting my ability to do the things I want to do (parkour, rock-bottom squats, pistols). I was in my gym playing with hip rotation on both hips, trying a few things. I started going back through my history.
One of the first places to always look is the opposite joint, in this case the opposite shoulder. Nope, no shoulder problems. BUT, that is the side where broke my clavicle, and the clavicle meets up with the glenohumeral joint. Hmmm…. Can’t hurt to try.
Since the clavicle can’t really move on it’s own, it’s easiest to move the arm to get the clavicle to move. It doesn’t move much, but it does indeed move. So, I applied pressure with my left hand on my right clavicle, and did a nice (unweighted) press with my right arm. Did a few reps, wanted to see what the felt like. Definitely didn’t feel like the other side. Applied pressure and played with it for a few minutes until the two felt similar.
Got up. Rotation: pain-free. Abduction: pain-free. HUGE SMILE. Now that I’m pain-free I can work on regaining that range of motion, which should be a pretty simple process now.
I broke that clavicle 25 years ago. While the fracture itself is definitely healed, my overall body had not recovered yet. It’s been great, my gait feels different, it’s fantastic to be able to move that way again.