So the doc says no more overhead lifting or even bench presses unless the elbows can remain close to the body. He said and I’ve heard this elsewhere, that weight training with the arms at or above the horizontal plane (bench, lateral raises, flies, pull-ups and more), inevitably causes rotator cuff tears. He did offer me an alternative in isometrics, which is basically infinite load, so may have some potential for muscle mass(?).
Just wondering if you’ve got any information about this kind of thing? Everything on the internet says 20-30 reps does not equal strength. Hell, yoga’d be more effective than 20-30 reps with weights.
Sounds like you've really had a rough time with that shoulder. I hope you don't have to have surgery again.
I'm wondering what to do here. I have a feeling the cortisone shot and some Cox-2 antiinflams and H2 inhibitors are going to clear up the pain.
I get different opinions. There are some who say keep lifting and then, the docs who say no training whatsoever at or above 90 degrees (above parallel with the floor). Not sure what to do.
Dave, I actually believe the weight training has been beneficial in more ways than one. The underlying cause for my shoulder problems is the old high school football injury that was not treated at the time. The way it healed back on its' own created a problem with alignment and mechanics, which created impingement. The ortho specialist told me the added muscle actually helped my shoulder hold up longer than it would have, and aided in my healing faster after shoulder surgery.
I do share the opinion that the continual lifting of super heavy weights, such as in the case of power lifters, eventually takes a toll on the skeletal system. I know several guys who were hard core power lifters for 10 or more years. They were constantly doing super heavy bench presses, squats and deadlifts to increase their 1 rep max for competitions. Every one of them are now having major problems with their knees, ankles, elbows, etc. A couple of them are bacically crippled from it now.
To give you an idea of the super heavy weights these guys used - they all benched over 550 lbs., deadlifted over 750 lbs., and would squat over 800 lbs. One actually held the record in his weight class (he weighed 242 lbs,) when he squatted 1002 lbs. That record was later broken. Comparatively, my personal bests were: 405 bench press, 675 deadlift, and 650 squat. Of course, I was 48 at the time, which was at least 10 years older than any of those guys.