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Shoulder Rotation/Scapula Question

As far back as I can remember, before I even started training, my left shoulder cannot externally rotate as far as my right shoulder. In fact, I can’t even do wall slides properly with my left arm and it seems like barbell incline pressing is harder for my left side. Furthermore, back squats are out of the question due to lack of flexibility in the left shoulder.

Should I continue doing external/internal rotation exercises, wall slides, scapula pushups, and face pulls or should I see a sports physician?

Is this a problem that can be fixed with rehab exercises? Finally, should I be stretching the shoulder? Responses appreciated.

[quote]anthropocentric wrote:
As far back as I can remember, before I even started training, my left shoulder cannot externally rotate as far as my right shoulder. In fact, I can’t even do wall slides properly with my left arm and it seems like barbell incline pressing is harder for my left side. Furthermore, back squats are out of the question due to lack of flexibility in the left shoulder.

Should I continue doing external/internal rotation exercises, wall slides, scapula pushups, and face pulls or should I see a sports physician?

Is this a problem that can be fixed with rehab exercises? Finally, should I be stretching the shoulder? Responses appreciated.
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IMO those kinds of self rehab exercises are great for prevention and actue problems. If you have had it since you can remember it may just be more than a muscle issue, and be a problem with the joint capsule and or a bone deformity. No one on here will really be able to tell you either way without assessing you. Go see a specialist to get more specialized care.