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I have a pain in my upper left arm and shoulder. I can lift and workout except when i do bench press specifically when am close to my chest.

Lawrence Bagnell (Langhorne, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
Evaluate for a separation of the shoulder or AC joint. Muscle imbalances with lifting improperly will cause stress to these areas. A simple correction done by a chiropractor who deals with extremities may make all the difference. Serratus anterior, deltoid or latissimus muscles may play a role on their insertions. Note that bursa's are where muscles attach to bone. They are little balloons filled with fluid and when inflamed cause localized pain. See a Chiropractor.
David Friedman (Phoenix, AZ) on Oct 10, 2014
Stop bench-pressing and give the shoulder girdle a chance to heal. You keep aggravating it with that part of your workout. Obey the adage.....if it hurts when you do it...don't do it!!!
Andrew Waitkevich (Philadelphia, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
You may have an impingement on the rotator cuff muscles or some biceps tendinitis. Pushing motions will irritate both ie: bench press, shoulder press, upright rows, flies etc. lets make an appointment!
Claire Moore (Brooklyn, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Sounds like you may have a pinched nerve. It is apparent that your upper pec muscle needs stretching and release with SMR techniques. You need to incorporate Lat pull downs, rotator cuff and tricep exercises to strengthen the areas that are weak. Genral rule of thumb is if it hurts you need to rest and ice and lighten the weight, and work all areas including traps and lateral shoulders.
Jon McQueen (Vista, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
There many reasons why your shoulder/arm is hurting, and I'm going to give you my thoughts. I'm a fitness professional and work with many different types of clients, and ususally if something is hurting them, they go see a general doctor, the doctor will tell them nothings wrong. I recommend seeing a Sports Medicine physician to get an accurate diagnosis. If it's your shoulder and the pain isn't below your biceps, it could be biceps tendonitis, it could be a pinched nerve though your brachial plexus, or you strained your shoulder ligaments. These are my opinions on what it may be, but again, I'm not doctor. An MRI would give you an exact diagnosis. X-Rays should only be taken for bone issues. As far as your Bench Press exercise, I recommend not bringing the bar down to your chest. This puts too much strain on your shoulder joint, and injuries will eventually happen as you lift heavier loads. Only bring the bar down to your chest if you're actually training for a specific test (i.e. football combine bench press). I hope my insight and advise helps any. Jon McQuee, CSCS, CPT, PES, CES Owner - Elite Conditioning
Frederick Schurger (Springfield, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
The good news is you have already ruled out a more severe tear/injury in that area. I've had some shoulder troubles over the years myself (dislocated in high school), and recently ended up getting it more inflamed than before. It took a combination of Upper Cervical Care, soft tissue work and laser to relieve the problem. The key is the combination. Soft tissue work is pretty obvious, as working the adhesions and breaking them down is necessary, laser work is very helpful in healing the ligaments and tendons, and Upper Cervical Care allows for keeping the spine and nervous system in balance thru the entire process. The nervous system is especially key, as your body couldn't function without your nervous system. This is what I did for myself, and I have recovered about 90%, which all considering, is great. You'll likely have to drop back on your bench for a while, allowing your shoulder/arm to heal, but the benefit of being able to use your shoulder into late life without surgery will be much more important than a couple of months on the bench table.
Philip O'Brien (Bethlehem, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
Radiographs (or x rays) will show the alignment, degeneration, and osseus integrity. The shoulder complex is a complicated series of muscles, ligaments, and tendons that allow the arm to articulate in correlation to the body. Many times, the problem is a dysfunctional motor pattern caused by fibrous tissue accumulation. This is something I see commonly in weight lifters in my office. Call around and see if there are any chiropractors, massage therapists, or physical therapists that specialize in the shoulder region. Active Release Technique works well for these type of problems. I would bet that there is a dysfunction motor pattern and some spastic muscles that are impeding normal muscular function. Specifically, I would have them look for posterior gleno-humeral impingement syndrome. The reason why I offer this suggestion is because Janet Travell, John F Kennedy's Cardiologist, documented muscular referral patterns in the body after she left medicine and started teaching. She found that every muscle will send pain somewhere else in the body in reference to its origin, insertion and nerve track. Many times, pain in the front of the shoulder capsule is the result of issues with the posterior shoulder muscles.
Graeme Buenaflor (Falls Church, VA) on Oct 10, 2014
Hello, Unfortunately X-rays won't pick up any muscular, fascial, or soft tissue damage or inflmation. Knowing that you are a bodybuilder would leave me to beleive that you have tight pectoralis muscles and possibly anterior deltoids. This is very common due to the nature of the sport, most of the time is spent contracting the same muscle groups to elicit hypertrophy but this many times leads to tight shorten muscles, with trigger points the cause pain in the specific area and even radiate it to others. The pain you are feeling I would guess is being casued by inflamation and/or knots and trigger points. My suggestion get soft tissue work/massage around the chest to losen up break away knots and fascia. Next focus on stretching the chest. Finally focus on more back intensive exercises. Stay away from chest pressing for a few weeks and only focus on the above. After 3-4 weeks try a chest press again and see how it feels. I know it's tough taking a break from training but if the problem persists and you do not address you may seriously injury the area and be on IR for a much longer time. Hope this is help full, if you are intersted I am in the process putting together youtube vidoes addressing these types of issues. Take care :) Graeme Buenaflor LMT, Personal Trainer Quality Health and Wellness 703-595-2868
Ralph Arellanes (Albuquerque, NM) on Oct 10, 2014
This is a common problem, especially one that afflicts bodybuilders. The pain in your upper arm and shoulder is an impingement in your rotator cuff often caused by overuse. There is no visible break or AC joint dislocation that would be obvious on an X-Ray, but continued overuse can lead to it eventually if not addressed. Pay attention to your static posture. It is likely that you may naturally drop your shoulders forward because your pecs major/minor, biceps and anterior deltoids are being used at capacity, and the muscles that need more attention are the rhomboids, middle traps, and the muscles that stabilize and compose the rotator cuff. Consider doing strength exercises such as rows and rear flys, as well as some internal/external rotation of the shoulder using resistance bands. Before you bench press, consider doing some imbalanced push-ups i.e. on a BOSU that can help fire up those stabilizers and can effectively help ROM on your bench press. Good luck, Ralph Arellanes
Crystal Wright (Valrico, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Any sensations or feelings we have come from the nerves or our body's nervous system. Our body is naturally designed to speak to us when there's a problem. When any doctor takes x-rays, they're only looking at the bones and not soft tissue. Generally, at this time a MRI should've been scheduled for you to look at everything if you continue to have pain. Afterall, you are your best doctor. For someone to say nothing's wrong with you and your body is still speaking to you never makes sense. Luckilly, many chiro's hire massage therapists to handle problems that they are unable to fix. I would reccommend you find a chiro who offers massage or find a massage therapist who can not only administer massage for you, but firm massage including long held stretches for your shoulder girdle and bicep/forearm/and hand 2x/week for 2 weeks. At home you should include alternating first ice then heat for no longer than 10min at a time daily (even if you don't feel the pain) until you no longer need therapy to keep the pain away. Sorry, but in the mean time, you should rest working out that arm until the body can recover...sometimes you have to learn to be patient. Don't end up in the hospital over an easy fix. Sincerely, Crystal Wright, LMT Valrico, FL 888-609-5538
Bill Ross (Littleton, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
The pain is most likely coming from a bicep tendon that was strained. A X-ray will not be able to see this at all. Switch to using dumbbells. The bench using an Olympic bar places a lot of strain on the bicep tendons, as well as, the rotator cuffs. Start by focusing on your form. Press the dumbbells from the elbows being at a 90 degree to the center of your chest. Basically imagine you are starting with a box at the elbows and cutting off the sides as you press to a triangle. Using this technique you will always be in your most efficient range of power and control. Using dumbbells will help you develop more size and shape of the pectorials and anterior delts then the olympic bar ever could because you will be able to activate the muscles without just placing them under strain.
Jeffrey Lewis (Corpus Christi, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
It appears that you may have a biomechanical problem. Interesting that the pain moves around. That is actually a good sign. Pain in the same spot usually means something torn. Find a chiropractor that does AK and have them do some muscle testing. Will either work on the muscle group or misalignment of the joint. I do alot of sport injuries. Will not show upon x-rays.
Nicholas Carlisle (Atlanta, GA) on Oct 10, 2014
Generally speaking I would assess the shoulder for inflammation or a rotator cuff injury. Have you injured the shoulder before? Those types of injuries would not show up on regular x-ray.
Franklin Antoian (Delray Beach, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Sometimes pain in the front of your shoulder, especially when doing a push exercise (like the bench press) can be a rotator cuff tear or injury. Something like this won't show up on an Xray, you'll need an MRI. Of course this is not a diagnosis, just a thought. Check it out and let me know! Best, Franklin Fitness Expert @Zeel
Willena Brooks (Columbus, OH) on Oct 10, 2014
It's very possible that the pain you're experiencing may be due to an injury to some of your soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, or muscles. It appears that many body builders who experience pain with bench pressing attribute it conditions involving their rotator cuff muscles. However, because there are other conditions that can cause similar pain, a thorough examination of the shoulder and surrounding soft tissue is necessary to accurately determine the cause and thus necessary care. Best of wishes!
Kevin Gibson (Harrisburg, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
My personal recommendation about going to a doctor who does nothing to help you find the cause of your pain is to find another doctor. Having said that, the first thing that comes to mind from your explanation is that you may be exceeding the natural range of motion of your shoulder. Since you are a bodybuilder, you may have been doing it for a long time and with heavy weight, which makes matters worse. Hopefully, you have not impinged a nerve in your shoulder or your cervical spine. A physical therapist can verify that for you. The anterior deltoid muscle is not a large muscle; so, like all small muscles, it can succumb to injury from hyperextension very easily. The chest press, butterflies, and dips are three main exercises that, 1) many men like to do, and 2) many men do wrong. For example, benching should be done similar to pushups. Just as you would not try to touch your chest to the floor when doing pushups, likewise you should not bring the bar down to your chest when benching. It puts too much of the burden on the anterior deltoids to bring the bar to the level where the chest and triceps take over the bulk of the work; therefore, the delts are forced to handle more weight than they are supposed to, resulting in muscle sprain and strain. As I suggested above, go see a physical therapist. Until then, I think you should lay off the benching. Don't even do pushups. Give your shoulders time to heal.
Jeffrey Harrison (Pottstown, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
I'm not a doctor, but based on the experience you have provided it sounds as if you have a muscle/tendon injury. I've seen this numerous times where there was no diagnosis or treatment because an x-ray was inconclusive. Requesting an MRI may be the better route and/or seek the advice of a qualified and licensed massage therapist or physical therapist who specialize in working with athletes.
Robinson Le (San Mateo, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Sounds like you may have a bit of impingement issue and potentially strained your bicep, pectoral muscle and tendon. I see this commonly in bodybuilders and I've experienced this myself. What I'm suspecting in your case is, you've overpowered your muscle and tendon (they are weakest at its end joint range, ie when your arm is closest to your chest during bench press) with the weights. Overtime, the tear will create scar tissue (that's how the body heals) and now you have to address that. However if you don't, other areas will begin to compensate for the action and those areas will soon begin to give. Hence, may be why you're experiencing pain elsewhere. Feel free to give me a call or email.
Deedee De la Mora (Scottsdale, AZ) on Oct 10, 2014
It sounds like you may have injured your rotator cuff. When you bench press those muscles have to stabilize the shoulder to stop the weight from going too low into the shoulder joint. They also help push the weight back up. Investigate some rotator cuff strengthening exercises and try to go lighter until you can balance out the muscles.
Beth Novick (New York, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
I suggest lowering the weight, ice after your work outs and get a massage once a week until you are feeling better.
Ryan Smith (Seattle, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
There are a few possibilities, but it could not be confirmed without an examination. X-Ray is not effective for seeing soft tissue, but is used more for seeing bone. You could have a strained rotator cuff. Being a bodybuilder, the increased muscle mass could be imbalanced causing the head of the humerus to be pulled forward. If either is the case, then a treatment called A.R.T. could help. If you are having pain shoot down your arm, then the problem could be from your neck. Again, an evaluation seems to be needed to determine the exact cause.
Lawson Sealey (Newport Beach, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Well my first concern would be to rule out any cardiovascular issues with the primary care physician as unlikely as it might seem. Secondly, avoid the "closed packed" positions during the workouts. This complaint along your shoulder and upper chest is very common but far from what I would call "normal" in bodybuilders. During a lot of shoulder and chest workout techniques, your hands and arms are locked into position along a bar giving no room for the shoulder to move freely hence the "closed packed" term. This restricts the regular planes of movement within the ball and socket joint which leads to a grinding effect creating accelerated wear and tear along with inflammation. An X-ray may not identify this until much later when severe joint degerneration has occured. An MRI would be more efficient with revealing soft tissue damage along the joint. This injury will require a duration of chiropractic therapy including: electric stimulation, ultrasound, K-laser therapy, myofascial release, and adjustments. As therapy progresses rehabilitation will be required to regain full muscle length and scapular stabilization since the upper back and shoulder biomechanics alter drastically after any shoulder injury.
Mike DeCubellis (Downers Grove, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
There are a few different things that could be going on, but without having you physically here its hard to determine. I would recommend a second opinion from someone that will look at the issue differently. You clearly have pain, so there must be a reason
Yaphet Hill (Houston, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
Sounds like you have a soft tissue issue rather than a structural issue. The maybe a muscular imbalance that maybe the root of your pain. A consultation and an evaluation would be necessary to most effectively determine the cause of your issue. A few sessions of effective soft tissue manipulation should help decrease if not completely eradicate you shoulder pain.
Gregory Schweitzer (Clearwater, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Without a complete examination of the shoulder it is very hard to determine exactly what could be wrong. Your description of the pain makes me believe it could be a touch of bursitis within the insertion of the short and long head of the biceps? As to your low back pain I believe I can help you as I have worked elite athletes over the past 29 years. Please make an appointment if you wish to see me at my office. (727)791-1212 Dr. Schweitzer
Karl Giljum (San Francisco, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
As in the treatment of any condition, an appropriate diagnosis is esential in helping your doctor understand your condition and to commicate with other professionals who may be brought in to offer you care. One possible explanation is trigger points. These are very sensitive spots in the muscle which refer pain to other parts of the body. Judging from the description which has been provided, the pectoralis major muscle is the mostly source of your pain. If this is the case, stretches and massage may be of value. A consultation with trainer at your gym may also help in making sure that your workout technique is appropriate. If this problem persists, please seek out further care,
Jessica Riley (Coeur D Alene, ID) on Oct 10, 2014
Dear natural body builder- Sounds like your bursa sac in your shoulder is Inflamed. Have you tried a good stretch before and Importantly after. Also ice the area over when your done With your workouts. As far as exercise, I would suggest stopping bench and choose other exercises for chest like dumbbells. The angle if the exercise has greatly irritated the shoulder area if you try to push through it It could cause farther damage. A X-ray will not show Ligament damage. Get a referral to a physical therapy and they Should help you greatly to guide you into the next steps to take Good luck and hope the shoulder heals fast. Coach J
Josh Wagner (New York, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
I recommend going to a Physical Therapist who specializes in the shoulder. An MD x-ray will not find what you're dealing with, that is why he incorrectly told you everything is fine. Hope this helps, Dr Josh Wagner
Andrea Schnowske (Peoria, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
Body builders typically put a lot of pressure over the AC joint in the shoulder as well as the ligaments that stabilize the shoulder. This can contribute to ligament tearing or even bursa irritation. Unfortunately, x-ray won't usually show either of these injuries since x-ray is designed to really only look at bone fractures and joint spacing/alignment. I'd recommend visiting a musculoskeletal practitioner that has experience treating shoulder injuries and would be able to do neurologic and orthopedic testing to determine the true cause of your injury. Many chiropractors have specific training in extremities and would be able to do a combination therapy of joint re-alignment and soft tissue rehabilitation for best results.
Angela Kielar (Farmington, MI) on Oct 10, 2014
I would ask the doctor for a prescription for physical therapy to have the shoulder evaluated and treated.
Anette Lynch (Newport Beach, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Itâ''s hard to say ...since I am not able to physically see you, however it could well be a Rotator Cuff issue.. Tendonitis (elbow) since you mention pain in the arm.. X-Rays will show bones â'¦ so if nothing came up on an X-ray, it could be then soft tissue (muscle) , which you will only be able to see through a MRI. If the problem then is soft tissue .. then you will have to let the area rest until the muscle repair itself.. So R.I.C.E.(rest ice compression elevation) will be highly recommendedâ'¦ I know you might find it very inconvenient .. but not addressing it ..wonâ''t make it go awayâ'¦ you can still workout but try to work around it, also make sure you are applying proper form and technique so you may avoid recurrence. It is important to also remember that muscle tissue repairs during the night when the body is at complete rest and in deep sleep.. so make sure you get your ZZZZZâ''s
Aaron Flickstein (Edina, MN) on Oct 10, 2014
Now that tumors, fractures and dislocations are ruled out via x-ray we can assume your problem is in the soft tissues invisible to x-rays which show bone as white and soft tissues poorly if at all. If it move around then it is not soley related to a specific tissue injury. It is a functional issue. An Applied Kinesiologist such as myself woulod assess whic h of your shoulder and chest wall functions are compromised and "re-boot" them until you funcion well and pain-free again.
Roy Franks (Nesconset, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
I would recommend that you have an MRI on the area that is painful. If it is a soft tissue injury, it will not show up on an X-Ray. I would also consult an orthopedist that specializes in the shoulder region. In the meantime, you may consider laying off on any exercises that seem to cause pain to the area. This will allow the injury to heal
Aaron Cobb (Kentwood, MI) on Oct 10, 2014
This is going to be a long answer, so here goes! You need to find a different doctor! He probably asked you all of the standard questions; have you dislocated it? Did you injure it? etc. X-Rays will only show bone damage, NOT soft tissue damage such as a rotator cuff tear or bursa. This type of damage is usually associated with shoulder joint impingement which is sometimes the result of poor form. Your doctor should have ordered an MRI once he ruled out bone damage. Another thing is, if you plan on bodybuilding/training for a long time to come you might want to consider switching to or adding a sports doctor to help keep you "in the game" Okay now for the training part, consider switching to dumbells and foregoing the barbell. The reason behind this is with dumbells you are able to rotate your wrists so that you can reduce the amount of impingement(if this is what is happening), the barbell restricts your wrists in one position which in turn rotates humerus just enough to cause impingement. If you must use a barbell ensure that you "pinching" the shoulder blades together while lying on the bench and not be too concerned with locking your arms as you want to maintain stress on the pectorals, not the triceps. So first, find out exactly what is wrong, second once you have rehabilitated, modify your chest training using the tricks above to prevent any more injury. Good Luck!
Hubert Maloy (Greenville, SC) on Oct 10, 2014
The most fundamental of advice. If it hurts, stop doing it. Because the xray didn't show anything doesn't mean you don't have muscular micro tears. That doesn't necessarily mean forever stop doing bench presses but it does mean, perhaps, that you stop doing them the way you are doing them and it definitely means you stop doing them until you can do them without pain. The problem may be a matter of form. If you are performing your bench presses with your arms more or less perpendicular to your body, you are stretching the crap out of the anterior soft tissue of your shoulder when you lower the bar enough that it is close to your chest. Try moving your elbows in to about 45 degrees.
David Leonard (Raymore, MO) on Oct 10, 2014
Strain-sprain in the pec major or minor--go to DC get some myofacial release work done
Ronald Greenawalt (Las Vegas, NV) on Oct 10, 2014
Evaluating your condition thoroughly by looking at the physical, biochemical and emotional components that maybe involved is a good start. We have to look at your specific issues and not just treat symptoms to get optimum results. It could be the neck, or hip that may not be symptomatic but biomechanically could be dysfunctional and adding to the shoulder problem. Dr Greenawalt
Nathan Conlee (Tucson, AZ) on Oct 10, 2014
This can be a developing tendinitis, or shoulder joint dysfunction, even neurologic functional imbalance. An exam needs to be performed by Sports Chiropractor and/or Physical Therapist.
Bryna Carracino (Los Angeles, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Try getting a deep tissue massage twice a week. Focus on loosening up shoukder, chest, arm abd back. Also purchase a rumbler roller and start daily stretch with that. Morning and evening. It sounds like you're super tight and is leading to more tightness around the shoulder.
Harrison Darling (Pasadena, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
There is no way to diagnose you via the internet, but it sounds to me like you could be dealing with an inflammation - tendonitis, or bursitis. Find a local practitioner (chiropractor, PT, maybe massage therapist) who does Cold Laser treatments, get that shoulder girdle in alignment and get some laser on there to clear out the inflammation. Don't be surprised if the practitioner tells you to stop working the upper body for a can't clear out inflammation if you are constantly re-inflaming the area. You may also want to take a close look at how well you balance your strength training...does the amount of time you spend on the front equal the amount of time spent on the back? A functional imbalance from front to back could be the source of the trouble. Hope that helps!
Will Mackie (Middletown, CT) on Oct 10, 2014
Hello, It sounds like you either strained or inflamed your deltoid or left arm. X-rays are usually for bones, tumors or other large abnormalities in the body. So, it is not surprising that it did not find anything wrong. This is a good thing because that means it is not super serious, though it is probably super annoying. The best thing to do is to rest it for a month or more and allow the muscle to heal. But, if you're like me that's not going to happen! So the next best thing is to try not to do anything that effects the muscle tremendously like "Bench Press" for a month or more. Pushing through it will only make it worse or prolong it. It also can cause other muscles to be affected because your body is trying to compensate. Which may be why you are feeling it in other muscles now. You can still workout but just focus more on the rest of your body and or try to do other exercises that hit the same muscles but do not affect them as much, such as front raises or body weight exercises like push ups. The TRX is a great body weight tool. Slowly over time you can come back to exercises like the Bench Press with a lighter load and over time build back up. Sometimes exercises such as the Decline Bench Press or DB presses can be less painful because they allow for shorter range of motion or more mobility as is the case with the latter. A barbell forces your muscles to move in mainly one plane which may be irritating the muscle as well. Lastly, massage, topical pain relief cremes like Bio Freeze, pain relief medication like Ibuprofen and proper warm ups and stretching before during and after workouts will help a lot. I'm not a doctor but I myself and clients of mine have suffered from similar symptoms. The only real solution is to rest the effected muscle as much as you can completely or by working around it. Good luck!
Sayel Fakhoury (Tarzana, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes there is something you can do and we can help you. What you need to do is check your spine. It sounds like your spine is out of balance, and when that occurs the bones in your spine put pressure and interfere with the nerves exiting from your spine, we call subluxation. Chiropractic adjustments are the only way to remove this subluxation and remove interference on your nerves, allowing your nerve system to work at optimal level. Pain in your arms is most likely a radiating pain from misalignment in your neck. Upper back pain is most likely coming from misalignments in you upper back.
Ronald Panlilio (Glendora, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Well the upper arm, and front shoulder will be connected to your chest muscle (pectorals) they all meet just above your armpit. I would do some stretching, and try massage therapy as well as speak to a physical therapist if you know one. You might also want to try heat. Most likely you have an older injury and have lost some mobility and strength. I would stay away from barbell bench presses. Try single arm cables to find your strength level for your left side of any pushing exercises that involve your chest, shoulders, and triceps. Most likely your right side is much stronger, so when you lift the amount you used to lift with a bar, your left side is probably in pain because it is not as strong as your right side right now. You need to stretch to increase your range of motion, and that with lighter resistance amounts should help you gain strength over time. Right after workouts you can use ice to help with soreness and healing. But when muscles are tight it is good to apply heat maybe right before you go to sleep at night. Or you can talk to another doctor and get a second opinion: to gain access and a referral to a physical therapist with your insurance.
Lara McMahon (Brighton, MI) on Oct 10, 2014
Many symptoms like pain originate from the spine. An MD will xray the location, being very mechanistic in their approach. We will look for other sources that may be causing the issue, and will show you how we can help it naturally.
Nicholas Prukop (Newport Beach, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
It is NOT good, is it? Bench press can damage the shoulder joint permanently - particularly under a significant load using full range of motion. It is time to suspend you bench press activity and swich to alternate forms of chest work - dumbbell flys with light weight, no inclines, light cable pulls etc. The problem with shoulders and chest work is that tearing occurs and when not acknowledged can create chronic problems. Full range of motion is a part of the problem - the other part is the loads people insist on doing. I recommend arms parallel to the floor - and no lower - prior to the concentric phase when doing the bench press. When an injury is not successfully diagnosed it is up to the individual to make the adjustments to their program. BE CAREFUL because your future ability to train is in jeopardy if you don't become more flexible and adaptable when it comes to training and reaching your body building goals. Change ONE thing at a time - remember the FITT formula - frequency, intensity, time, and type - and make note of your progress. SLOW AND STEADY is the best policy and your body WILL heal. Try swimming? That can help too. When the pain starts to subside you can review your ability to restart your efforts with the bench - only smarter and better than before!
Janette Asaro Pena (Holmes, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
First, a complete exam is necessary to rule out heart disease. When cleared from potential heart issues, a pinched nerve in the neck can cause the shoulder issues you describe, and treated quickly and successfully with Chiropractic care. Other possibilities may be biceps tendonitis or slip from it's groove on the humerus, partial tear of the biceps muscle which can also be treated with Chiropractic if your Chiropractor treats the shoulder. Gas can also cause shoulder pain.
Jesse Hack (Central Islip, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
You may have torn something in or around your shoulder. Seek out a specialist in your area and suggest a sonogram of the shoulder. Good Luck, Jesse Hack Certified personal trainer
Al Foroushani (Wyckoff, NJ) on Oct 10, 2014
Chances are you have injured the bicipital tendon or tore the labrum. You need a MRI not X-ray. I hope that helps
Mark Kemenosh (Laurel Springs, NJ) on Oct 10, 2014
Sounds like pec minor and maybe deltoid also other shoulder muscles Involved get the scar tissue and any muscle dysfunction cleared up
Anton Mackey (Evanston, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
You may have what is called acromioclavicular impingement, even tho you are able to lift above your head with out pain which is usually the indicator of the impingement. The deep movement of the shoulder to round forward when pushing from a deep chest press could be giving you the pain. You may want to warm up with a light weight on the bench before doing heavier lifts. Also I would recommend that you stretch in between each set.
Heidi Benson (Sedona, AZ) on Oct 10, 2014
I would need to know a bit much movement do you have? and when you say it is moving from place to place, where do you mean it's moving to and from? often shoulder girdle issues occur because of movements that are not necessarily functional. bench pressing with a bar is NOT recommended nor is behind the neck presses and pulldowns...
David Hendrickson (Tacoma, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
Sounds like a mechanical problem with the shoulder unit(clavicle, scapula, humerus) Often times adjusting the shoulder can help or it may be a minor rotator cuff issue then massage can be of benefit. A shoulder/neck exam can determine which of these is appropriate. A soft tissue problem like this won't show up on x-ray and since medical doctors don't know where to go next they will give you meds and hope it helps. Going to a chiropractor for an evaluation will help you get a better handle on what is going on and appropriate treatment. Dr. David Hendrickson 253 472-4400
Jacob Raynor (Great Neck, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
I am not sure if you are looking for a scientific explanation so I will spare you the details. In a nutshell you have to stop what you are doing and rest and recover. I would ice the shoulder and arm, Arnica cream in addition to help with the inflammation. This should go on for a couple weeks until the pain is gone, and it will be gone after a week of refraining from upper body lifting. After you can perform basic functional non-resistant movements pain free you need to start stretching the chest, should and scapula musculature and strengthen the rotator cuff muscle group. I would also suggest having a professional observe your chest and overhead press movement to make sure your line is correct. Beyond that, over exertion and overuse are the main culprits of such injuries. Be patient and smart with your progress and you will avoid these situations in the future.