Well, duh! I’ll do single arm bench on the machine press if that’s all that my body allows. And if you don’t believe me then come check out my log in June. Going under the knife June 5th and I’ll be in a sling for six weeks. If you think I’m resting the left half of my upper body then you’re nuts!
Back on topic… train what you can but don’t put training ahead of healing (not that I need to tell you that).
I think people get caught up in their goals. That’s not always negative, but it is when you’re hurt. Pain and dysfunction are a sign that something is wrong. I think it’s probably ignorant to even take the path of resting until it doesn’t hurt anymore. Rest is great, but it doesn’t address the cause of the injury.
Most of the time, the cause of a shoulder injury in the gym is some sort of dysfunction/weakness/imbalance that’s been ignored for a long time. It finally gets to the point where it hurts and impedes training. A person still needs to address why the injury occurred in the first place.
Another example provided by me: if I focus on barbell bench for 6-8 weeks then I typically have shoulder pain. I’m pretty sure that pain was biceps tendonitis. I never went to physical therapy or did anything to address it. I just blamed bench and stopped doing it. I could use DB’s or machines pain free so I’d just switch it up for awhile. The pain would go away (eventually) and then I’d get sucked back in to benching and repeat the process.
Well, last October I was in one of those resting phases due to shoulder pain. While playing basketball, my shoulder popped. It didn’t hurt, but it turns out that was the sensation of my biceps tendon popping out of its groove. It tore the tissue that held it in place (retinaculum). There’s no repairing that. The tissue won’t grow back. My tendon now pops out of place regularly. The only fix is surgery. The surgeon is going to cut my biceps tendon and anchor it to my humerus so it can’t pop the groove anymore. I’ll be out for 3-4 months.
Maybe I shouldn’t have ignored that biceps tendonitis all those years…