I am an older guy, age 60, who has had ongoing shoulder issues for years which I have been working around. Recently, I’ve started physical therapy for it and have seen a specialist. I have been prescribed six weeks of physical therapy and am skeptical it can help. I have been able to lift reasonably well the last five years, using dumbbells primarily for chest and shoulders rather than a straight bar. I find that if I keep my palms facing each other and to limit my range of motion a bit I can do okay.
X-rays revealed that I have pretty significant arthritis in my shoulder around the coracoid area where the biceps short and long head connect to the pectoral tendon. I’m skeptical about the physical therapy because most of the exercises I was shown I have already been doing. I’m wondering what experience guys have had with long-term shoulder arthritis, and what options I may have in addition to the physical therapy. The doctor alluded to other options, but we really didn’t get into it. I was kind of hoping that there would be a arthroscopic procedure that could “clean it out,” allowing me to work out pain-free. I am hoping that I can squeeze out another 25 years or so of training.