Asked 8 years, 2 months ago

How can I alleviate shoulder pain when weight-lifting?

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 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?

Mark Weiman
Freeport, NY


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