Guys, I’m having a bit of a problem with my left shoulder and I’m wondering if it might stem from improper development. For the past year (probably more) my shoulder routine consisted of overhead work–dumbells, barbells, machines, whatever–and almost nothing else. Every month or so I’d work in some lateral raises and bent over lateral raises, plus any work I’m getting from some back exercises, but not much other than that.
Fast forward to today, and I believe I’ve developed the anterior head in line with the rest of my body, but it feels as though the lateral and posterior delts are lagging. Just recently I’ve had some discomfort in my left shoulder and it’s led to some issues…things like my bench not only stalling but actually going down, and a slight discomfort when doing overhead lifts.
I’ve taken a few weeks off the past 2 months, but it doesn’t seem to help. Now my questions are, 1) has anyone else experienced something similar to this? 2) Is it possible to develop the other two heads without the anterior firing (as I heard that an overdeveloped anterior head actually hinders the development of the other two because it takes over most of the work)?
- Is this worthy of a visit to the doc (as I said, it’s a mild discomfort, and it hasn’t gotten any worse the past few months, it just hasn’t gone away)? Certainly I’m the only one who can TRULY answer that last question, but I’d love to hear from some people who’ve had similar issues.
As always, thanks for the help!