I had a minor tear in the rotator cuff a little over a year ago from falling off my horse. I spent about 3 or 4 weeks mostly resting and doing some gentle rehab/mobility.
Then I started pressing again, but I did it really lightly. Like 25 pound dumbells to begin with. I just focused on proper form. Then I started to slowly increase the weights.
After a month or so of working out I would notice some shoulder and elbow discomfort in the form of tightness and loss of mobility. I might have developed some scar tissue back there. I started rolling the back of my shoulders on a hard rubber band ball before all my workouts. Feels awesome. Really opens things up. I got the idea from Eric Cressey.
But you’ll probably want to make sure you are fully healed before you start rolling on it. Something for the future, though.[/quote]
$.02 Start with landmine overhead presses. I.e., take a bar, shove one end in a corner and put a plate at the free end. Press the free end. Use two hands. This allows you to still get some pressing in. That the weight is in front takes a lot of the load off the shoulders and the fact that you have two hands on it means you don’t need the rotator cuff to stabilize (anytime your hand is above you elbow, the RC is working, btw). Make sure you do it with good form. Once that is working, drop the weight and do single arm overheads. (say 1 month bilat, 1 month single arm). By that time your RC rehab should have kicked in and you can try other forms of pressing. If anything hurts or nags don’t do it. Landmine presses are a close second to free weights but are way more shoulder friendly.
Worked for me.