[quote=“aceman”]Thanks for all the replies.
Just adding more info, I feel like it’s a pain of the tendons or joint of the left shoulder, not a muscle ache.
I can bench no problem, but when I try to perform shoulder presses or shoulder raises, either with machines or free weights, it starts hurting and will hurt for a day or 2 before it stops.
I’d really like to work out my shoulders (they are boney compared to the rest of my body) so my questions is, should I keep working out? Will I make it worse? Is there any way of preventing/reducing/curing the pain while continue to work out?
should I go see a chiropractor?
the pain is acutally not that bad, I wouldn’t mind working out WITH the pain…however I do not want permanent damage to my joint. Maybe if i contunue working out my shoulder then I’ll get used to it and the pain would disappear?
any additional advice would be appreciated. thanks.[/quote]
The pain won’t disappear if you are straining nerves or areas like your rotator cuffs (a very common area of the shoulder to injure or strain) or if your muscles are a bit out of place from old injuries. You see, we often learn to compensate for weakened areas by putting (unconsciously) more stress on another area. Over time this can cause aggravation or strain in the other area.
I suggest you see a pysiotherapist or sports medicine minded chiropractor like Dr Mark. It is sometimes so easy for problems to be diagnosed now and fixed.
An example: I strained my forearm two years ago from sanding walls for too many days in a row. If I didn’t do weights or work out my forearm I would be okay. Otherwise it would hurt and if I gripped anything tightly it would cause me a sharp pain.
I tried heating and stretches but nothing worked but rest.
Last fall I went to see a pysiotherapist. She was able to diagnose the problem as pinched nerves in the shoulders and forearm and gave me a set of rather silly looking stretches. I did the stretches for three weeks and I was cured. No more pain, not more soreness. It was that simple.
Since then I have had no problem with my forearm except recently when I was painting a lot. A few days of the old stretches and I was fine again.
I had other work done on my back and neck and had similar quick and efficacious results.
I went from thinking I had permanent tissue damage to realizing that I had just strained nerves and that stretches and some pointed exercises to strengthen weakened areas could make me as good as new.