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    Rotator Cuff problems anyone?

    I've had shoulder pain for the last 4-6 months when doing bench & shoulder press. I can do heavy back, bicep, triceps and even shrugs with no pain whatsoever, but for some reason the "push" motion was bothering me quite a bit.

    I finally went to the doctor and after some tests was diagnosed with rotator cuff tendonitis, and recommended I start with physical therapy for a few weeks, and if the problem persists they'd do an MRI to check for a tear, and if that's all good a steroid shot.

    Unfortunately after 1 PT session and doing the rotator cuff exercises at home, the shoulder feels worse. The pain is still very specific as I describe I shrugged 90 lb dumbbells with no problem, but then tried a "pec dec" machine on the lightest setting and it hurt pretty bad. I realize it's only 1 PT session so far, so I don't want to jump to conclusions though.

    Just curious if anybody has been through something similar, and what the result was? Sound serious, or is this something I just need to work though with continuing PT, etc.?

    5'6", 145 lbs.

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    I had the same pain a few Months back but I started doing some light shoulder circuits for my warmup/prehab (the Upper Body Warmup from the HCT-12 Routine) with a lot of Band Dislocates thrown in and the problems pretty much gone. Then again I wasn't diagnosed with anything as I didn't go to the Doc's so may not be the same thing.
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    Not sure if this will help but I was suffering from pain in my left shoulder, felt like it was pin-point pain on my collar bone almost. Chiropractor did a little pushing and pulling and I really thought there was no difference but I went into the gym the next day and the pain was gone. Every 2 or 3 months the pain comes back, but the chiropractor works his magic.
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    Stay away from the pec dec, that thing is real hard on your shoulder. Keep doing your shoulder exercises the PT gave you, I assume you are doing band work, and take it easy on the chest stuff that irritates it.

    You also might want to reevaluate how you are benching, you are likely flaring your elbows and causing extra stress. You can try dumbbell bench, keeping you elbows tucked in, that always help reduce the strain on my shoulders.

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    Avoid pressing movements for a couple of months and then resume benching with proper form.

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    Thanks for the feedback! I'll keep at the physical therapy and lay off pec and shoulder exercises for a while, and hope it's nothing serious.
    5'6", 145 lbs.

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