Sorry for a 'help me' post but i'm at the end of my tether. If anyone is able to offer any advise I would be very grateful.
For a long time now there has been a dull ache at the front of my right shoulder, and it intefered with training during certain movements, eg:
- Locking a weight overhead (eg overhead squat)
- Bench press
- Chest flyes
- Rear delt flyes
- Top portion of bicep curl
In addition, some day to day stuff would hurt, such as typing for a long time, or driving.
I saw a couple of physiotherapists and none were able to offer anything useful. One suggested I had weak serratus so I did a lot of scapula pushups etc. but this didn't help.
The problem didn't go away so I saw a shoulder surgeon who initially suggested a labrum tear. I had an MRI arthrogram to confirm/deny this, and found out I didn't have a labrum tear but rather had 'laxity in the front capsule of the shoulder'. He said he'd refer me to a physiotherapist to attempt to fix the problem over 3 months, and if it didn't get better he wanted to perform open shoulder surgery to tighten the capsule.
I have seen a physiotherapist (who has been provided with a full explanation of 'whats wrong' from the surgeon) who I must admit I have been absolutely disgusted with. He said I have weak rhomboids and serratus. He gave me the following exercises to do 'for 3 months':
- External rotator cuff rotation with a band
- Rear delt raises (lying on chest) with thumb pointing towards the ceiling
- Some weird exercise where I lie on my front, hold my arm 'above my head' in an L shape, and raise a dumbell towards the ceiling.
- 'Wall pushups', basically like the scapula pushup promoted on this site but leaning against a wall instead of the floor (These are ridiculous, i've been doing them on the floor instead)
I explained I was horrified with the suggestion I went away and treated the injury myself for 3 months with no guidance, and that weightlifting was important to me and I wished to get back to 100% asap, he said 'theres not much else I can do'.
I have done as instructed by the physiotherapist diligently, and no difference at all to my shoulder after a few weeks.
I'm at the point now where lots of stuff I do with my right shoulder hurts, and I can't train properly at all. It sucks. I have no idea what to do, I've seen 3 physiotherapists about this (all privately) and feel like I'm going nowhere.
I don't even know how this happened, it just started hurting one day, and it's only on the right side. The only give-away I have is that my lats seem to be less developed on the right hand side, especially towards the mid/lower back, but this may be effect rather than cause.
I have lost a considerable amount of muscle through not being able to train properly and feel like absolute crap (due to an unrelated injury I have also been unable to train my lower body properly for the last 12 months).
Does anyone have any words of wisdom, either regarding the injury, or what to do about the physiotherapist / surgeon?