Earlier today I noticed that there was a larger “bump” on my right shoulder than my left. I quoted bump because it isn’t actually a bump, it’s a bone. I wasn’t sure though until I researched and for a second there I was finding it a little strange, but like I said, I researched and found that it was only this bone:
As you can see quite largely here, it is something called the acromion. Looking further, Acromion – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia …I found that it is a boney structure that connects to the collar bone, as you can see here distinctively in this x-ray image:
Now as far as them being a different size, as mine clearly appear to be for some reason. I had to go even further. Now my hunch is that the size variance is directly related to which arm is your dominant arm. I am right handed, and the larger of my two acromions is indeed on my right shoulder, but I had to know….irregularities bother me. Deeper and deeper I dove, reading this and looking into that,… now before I go on about the size differences in acromions, I want to show you all the surprise shocking find. As a search query, I typed “body builder images,” figuring that I would definitely see all sorts of shoulders, men’s and women’s, so I could see if my inkling that acromion size varies depending on which arm is dominant, as aforementioned.
That little guy came up in a few different pics so I wanted to share one with all of you, check him out…. …and a few more bizarre images from this search query: … as I said, unintentional but wow, what a find. All I wanted to do was see a few acromions and this happens… but I still count it as a discovery for the day. I’ve seen plenty of people on steroids, some of those people I actually know, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen images like these until today. Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t, regardless I thought you would all find it interesting, hence my sharing.
Here’s something that all of you should know… STEROIDS FUCK YOU UP when improperly used. Trust me on this, I had a roommate that had issues. He liked to sprinkle cocaine and crack and drunkenness on top of his steroid abuse as well, so you can imagine what that might have been like for me. I could paint you a picture, but I won’t, you will just have to use your imagination. Picture a smaller guy, 5 foot 7ish, with a hell of a Napoleon complex, that thinks he’s a gift to this planet from the gods, on what I said above; roids, coke, crack, drunkenness …do you have that picture in your head?… Now picture him as your roommate… Oy vey I say, and I’m not even jewish. Luckily I’ve known the guy for like 20 years, so the amped-up roid rage wasn’t ever really directed at me, but to others…. anyway, enough of that, but just remember, STEROIDS FUCK YOU UP. They are good when used to help injuries and WHEN GIVEN BY A DOCTOR, but the way my old roommate abused/es them, and the way these people above use them, not a good trip to take.
Now back to this acromion situation. So what is the answer?…Does acromion size vary depending on individual hand dominance? Or do bone spurs have something to do with the size of the acromion as seen here: Now I had to look into bone spurs to find out exactly what those were, so I did… Osteophyte – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia … and right away, we learn something new, don’t we? The medical/scientific term for bone spurs is osteophytes. Now we are cooking on high heat, serving up new knowledge. Continuing… osteophytes, i.e. bone spurs, which are “bony projections that form along joint margins.” I had to quote that bc it is from that wiki link above and there really is no good way to paraphrase something so matter-of-fact, so there you go. Osteophytes ONLY form on joints, and bony projections related to tendons and/or ligaments are called enthesophytes. So now we have 3 possibilities do we not?… First, the acromion size depends on which hand/arm is dominant. Next, bone spurs, called osteophytes may be what causes the size difference, and last, maybe they just naturally be the size they are. So which one is it?
I do a lot of push-ups. When I say “a lot,” I mean a couple hundred at least, every day, for the last ohhh…. 15 years or so. I do not do any sort of free-weight body building training other than cardio on a treadmill occasionally. I only do my push-ups, from time to time, throwing in some crunches, bench dips, things like that where you use only your body to condition yourself. Here’s a good link for any of you who are trying to improve your physical condition without having to go to a gym: How to Get a Complete Workout with Nothing But Your Body ….I’ve ben using only my body to condition myself for years and without tooting my own horn, your ever-humble narrator can say that he is in great shape.
I keep tangenting off, and I’m about to do it again. Did you notice and/or have you noticed that I use this “i.e.” sometimes? Do you know what the i and the e stand for? It is really easy to remember id you don’t already know. In Latin, i.e. stands for id est which means “that is.” I.e. has a counterpart… e.g. You’ve seen i.e.’s and e.g.’s your whole lives, yet most do not know what they mean which is why this post is being published, to help you all help yourselves by empowering said selves with knowledge. E.g. stands for exempli gratia, which translates as “for example.” And as always, I found a great link with examples for all of you to check out on your own… IE vs. EG – Ancient / Classical History – About.com
Ok, now we must get back to the initial issue, why does the human acromion vary in size on right shoulder vs. left shoulder? In this study, International Journal of Morphology – El Acromion y sus Diferentes … the average size of the acromions of the cadavers used shows that the right side is always slightly bigger. This is ONLY one study, so let’s go even deeper. I keep finding articles about shoulder pain and rotator cuff injuries… I did suffer an injury a few years ago to my left side AND did some shoulder damage from overuse after the aforementioned injury to said left arm/shoulder/arm. That is all gone now though, and I’m right back on my push-up routine getting stronger everyday, but that doesn’t answer the question yet….
This article here get’s more into it… Classification and Clinical Significance of Acromial Spur in Rotator … this link explains how injuries CAN affect the size and shape of the acromion, so that would mean even after one heals, the size may differ from EARLIER injuries. Okay, okay I think we are close, if not there already, to the answer. All kinds of discovering going on. Do you know what impingement syndrome is? Neither did I, until now. ~”Impingement syndrome is a term used to describe a disorder in which one or more soft tissues (rotator cuff tendons, bursa and biceps tendons) surrounding the ball of the shoulder joint get pinched, or impinged, on the bony surface under a portion of the shoulder blade (the acromion).”~ That was copied from this link here: Impingement Syndrome – Medical Disability Guidelines Still learning, still going, I have no pain or injury now, but DID in fact suffer one relatively recently, which may explain why my right side is bigger than the left, so these articles make a lot of sense, but what about the theory of arm dominance? Does arm/hand side dominance have anything to do with the size of the human acromion? Let’s paste that entire last sentence into our search engine and see what we find, shall we?…
Okay, that particular sentence gave me shitty results. Apologies bc I can’t seem to find anything that clearly explains to me why one acromion is bigger than the other. Maybe acromion isn’t the right word, maybe no one really has written anything about it bc it is insignificant, maybe I will find the answer elsewhere. However, this whole process allowed yourselves and I to learn something new together. As I found it and illustrated it, so did you when you read what I am writing for you. Sharing knowledge, learning, advancing, quickening, progressing, ascending… all of these things are what YOU all need to be doing. There is always something you don’t know, so what do we do when we don’t know? Instead of asking or just being ignorant, USE the internet, USE books, USE any sort of venue where real knowledge can be absorbed by YOU. Turn off the television, unless you are learning something real. Very hard to find real reality on television, despite what they all program you to think is reality. Turn that shit off. Detach and free yourselves from the hypnotic slavery of their programming. Programming they broadly cast over so many of you, yes casting just like a magic spell. Broadcasting programs to keep you all complacent, and most people are programmed to think they love it. If you are a regular television watcher, try just going a day, just one day, without turning on your television. You might be surprised at how liberating it is to have your mind free, if even only for a day. We are here to help you all help yourselves, but YOU all must help yourselves help yourselves, understand? On that note, I am off to have some time with mi madre on this special day for said madres. Yes, madre means “mother.” Remember, not everyone knows what you/we know, so enlighten them. Don’t condemn the ignorant, help them see, help them wake up, help them help themselves. That is why we are here. Enjoy your Sun-days everyone and again, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there. I will leave you all with this lovely little animation. I am NOT religious at all, but images of little baby Jesus and his mum Mary surrounded by angels makes me think of me own mum. Once more, love you Ma and to all of you I say as always… love to all.