I've never had problems before when I used to lift, but recently I've been noticing that my left rotator cuff has been feeling pretty tender.
I've been doing this exercise daily (a few sets of 8 slow reps with a 5-lb. dumbbell), especially before I do my benching/pressing:
The pain/tenderness I feel happens when I am opening my car door, opening a window, lifting a chair away from me, etc. All external motions, which is why I chose to do the external rotation exercise I linked above.
I haven't been noticing it going away though, if anything it has been getting progressively more tender. I'm not really sure what to do. It never feels bad while I'm working out, just while I'm at home doing normal stuff.
Last edited by fixationdarknes; 05-10-2010 at 12:14 PM.
The first thing that I would do is take some time away from heavy pressing movements.
You may want to add in some shoulder pre-hab work such as face pulls to help you to stabilize the joint, and also modify some of your training routines. You may want to eliminate barbell pressing for now in favor of dumbbells and take it easy on anything that puts a lot of stress on your shoulders (certain machines, etc.).
If the injury does not improve then I would recommend seeing a physician so that they can determine if there is some type of damage to your ligaments/tendon/joint.
Well I actually have been doing dumbbell presses. Should I completely stop that altogether? Also, the face pulls I do, can they be light and not actually replacing anything in my routine? For example doing them after rows or chinups?
Also, the whole lateral raising motion seems to cause a bit of that tender pain.