Shoulder pain during military presses.I am a 46-year-old male who has been lifting weights since about the age of 13. As I have gotten older I have had to reduce the amount of weight I lift, as well as the number of sets, due to pain in my shoulders while lifting. The pain is usually only present when I do military presses. If I am unable to lift due to work or other scheduling conflicts, I notice I can lift pain free for a while when I return. I have had one of my shoulders arthroscoped twice due to a torn rotator cuff rotator cuff
A set of muscles and tendons that secures the arm to the shoulder joint and permits rotation of the arm. Also called musculotendinous cuff. from playing softball 15 years ago. I take glucosamine/chondroitin daily to help my joints. I realize the easy answer is to cease doing this particular lift. I wonder, is there anything I can do to correct this problem, or barring that, another lift that will strengthen the same muscle group without stressing this area?
This sounds like shoulder impingement syndrome im·pinge·ment syndrome
A group of symptoms in the shoulder including progressive pain and impaired function, resulting from injury to the rotator cuff caused by encroachment of surrounding bony structures and ligaments. . People who raise their arms over their heads, as with the military press, often irritate their rotator cuff muscles and tendons. The two previous surgeries have complicated your situation. Even successful surgeries will leave scar tissue scar tissue
Dense, fibrous connective tissue that forms over a healed wound or cut. in the shoulder joint. There are several things which should help your condition:
1. Pay strict attention to your posture. Try to keep your shoulders from drooping droop
v. drooped, droop·ing, droops
1. To bend or hang downward: "His mouth drooped sadly, pulled down, no doubt, by the plump weight of his jowls" forward throughout the day.
2. If you haven't been doing so already, start performing scapular scap·u·lar or scap·u·lar·y
Of or relating to the shoulder or scapula.
adj pertaining to the region of the scapulae.
pertaining to the scapula. retraction In the law of Defamation, a formal recanting of the libelous or slanderous material.
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3. Eliminate movements that aggravate your shoulders.
4. For the time being replace the bench press with incline bench or DB incline bench.
5. Do front, lateral, and posterior raises instead of the military press, at least for the time being.
6. Perform shoulder and chest stretches on a daily basis-but only stretch to a point that does not aggravate your symptoms.
If these measures doe not help over the next six to eight weeks, I suggest scheduling a visit with a sports medicine sports medicine, branch of medicine concerned with physical fitness and with the treatment and prevention of injuries and other disorders related to sports. Knee, leg, back, and shoulder injuries; stiffness and pain in joints; tendinitis; "tennis elbow"; and specialist. You may need more intensive therapeutic treatment.
Doug Lentz, CSCS CSCS Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
CSCS Center for the Study of Complex Systems (University of Michigan)
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The rotator cuff muscles provide the stability your shoulder needs to perform the movements created by the prime movers The Prime Movers were a blues band based in the Detroit area, formed in 1965. Robert Vinopal left soon after the band's formation and was replaced by Jack Dawson. James Osterberg, who would later be known as Iggy Pop, took over the drums not long after. of the joint. As you engage in a strengthening program that includes shoulder presses, your larger shoulder muscles become stronger and create a greater imbalance of strength between them and the rotator cuff muscles. To continue with shoulder presses, you could try altering your range of motion, the angle at which you press, and your hand position, any one of which may take the burden off the shoulder that had the surgeries. You can accomplish this using dumbbells instead of a machine, which has a fixed path of movement. As noted above, a regimen of rotator cuff strengthening exercises should be added to your program. A visit to an orthopedist would help you both receive a proper diagnosis and get more details on which exercises to add.
Greg Tymon, Med, CSCS
East Stroudsburg, PA