In one of the neanderthal training articles it said to do close-grip bench. I believe it said somewhere around the six rep range, but didn't say how much weight though. Do you think that'd be ok?
I have read some of dave's stuff and changed the way I bench. I no longer do wide-grip bench (which may have led to this injury in the first place) and definitely focus a lot more on contracting my shoulders. I've never tried one-arm bench presses- and actually a lot of the exercises from the articles. By any chance do you have an example of a split for this? Going through the articles again I saw there was basically nothing for biceps (aside from some rows) and triceps. Again, I'm not entirely clear on whether or not I'm suppose to stop everything I'm doing and just do the exercises outlined in that program. It sounds like you too were doing other exercises when you were having issues.
Giving it "rest" doesn't seem to matter much. There was a period this summer where I was on tour for about two months and could only do body-weight exercises and some kettleball stuff. I did absolutely NO heavy lifting during that period. I do remember at one point trying to do weighted push-ups and my shoulder started acting up really bad, so I stopped. I lost a ton of weight and strength on that tour and have been trying to recover ever since.
That video that you posted is very interesting. When I first got my foam roller (for my knee) I asked my chiro if there was anything I could do with it that would help my shoulder. He said no. But that video just showed otherwise.
As far as the doctor goes, he wasn't my doctor. I made the call to a specialist within physical therapy and they just set him up with me. I thought I was going to see some sort of sports medicine guy and they would look at how my shoulder was functioning and how flexible I was, but all this guy did was some worthless "try to keep me from pressing your arms down" tests. I was benching 350+ at the time and this guy looked like he didn't work out at all and I remember laughing to myself about what a waste of time and money it was.