I've recently been having pain in my left shoulder when doing incline bench. Anyone know why I might have this? I've been lifting for 2 and a half years and it's never been like this. Thanks for any input.
If you've been lifting for over two years I'm sure your moving significantly more weight and I dunno what your form is like but the heavier you lift the better your form has to be you might have someone film you an check it out If you have your elbows way out that's a perfect way to get shoulder pain when your going heavy
I'm going to go with the most frequent culprits: bad form, imbalanced programming, and poor posture. More often than not, it's due to one or more of these.
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Try dropping the barbells for a bit and doing only dumbbell presses. Barbells seem to lock the shoulder joint as dumbbells allow for complete open movement.Originally Posted by gibbons2
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I've tried. I've been doing dumbbells for a out 2 and a half months. I've done way more weight, but had to go lower in weight due to the pain.Originally Posted by thegodfather
Possible rotator cuff injury?
Is it only on incline not flat or any other movement? Maybe with more details someone could give a more definite answer,
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yeah it's only on incline. which is why I don't believe it has anything to do with a rotator cuff injuryOriginally Posted by jwal
It may be an issue with your labrum-the cartilage in your shoulder. I had problems with overhead movements and it turned out I had torn my labrum. If you don't want to go straight to the doctor, which is always the fastest way to figure it out, take a week off from upper body stuff. Ice, then do some rotator cuff rehab work for that week. Week two, continue cuff work with a very light rubber band. Slowly add in some pushups and light rows (Scapular retraction work). For all exercises try to keep your elbows in with your shoulders down and back- think shoulders in your back pockets. Ease Into some other exercises but avoid anything overhead and hopefully it'll feel better. If it dsnt, there's probably more going on than just overuseOriginally Posted by gibbons2
thanks man! I'm gonna try that and see how it feels. did yours hurt out of nowhere or did you do something and it started to hurt? because mine was out of nowhereOriginally Posted by The Storm16
At first I thought it happened out of no where. In the course of a week it went from feeling tight/knotted to fairly painful and swollen. When I went to the doctor she asked if there was any acute incident or traumatic injury i could think of. At first I said no but I thought back and remembered that there had been some serious impacts from sports (one in particular 2 tears earlier) that I had shaken off and ignored. It also occurred to me that my shoulder pain had shown up periodically over several years as I had increased my overhead movements. Essentially I had ignored the initial injury and limped along until it got to the point where I couldn't avoid proper injury management.Originally Posted by gibbons2
The doc also asked of I noticed any instability. I said I hadn't experienced any but in the week after the appointment I noticed I was having trouble feeling peak contractions in my biceps and triceps and started to realize it was the instability she had mentioned--she didn't mean feeling like my shoulder was gonna pop out. Instability can be subtle.
Try to think about any times you may have jammed your shoulder--maybe football lacrosse or hockey. If its not impact-sports related, it could still be a labral issue resulting from overuse. Many labral issues can go undiagnosed and untreated for years.
That's a good point. I haven't had a shoulder injury playing sports. although, I have had this pain before but it went away. I'll see today if I feel any pain, but I haven't had any pain doing upper body movements as a whole. I can't think of any particular time that I've hurt it doing a particular movement which is why I'm so concerned. Thanks for the input bro!Originally Posted by The Storm16