Get it fixed. There are a number of old Powerlifters that didn’t bother with the bigger surgery because it didn’t affect their lifts and they didn’t want the downtime. Every one of them that I have talked to regretted the decision.
I had that issue too, and a few other guys I mentioned it to said the same thing. I’m 50, mine lasted for months. It went away during the pandemic when the gyms closed. So, it clearly was related to something I was doing at the gym. Maybe something accumulating over time. I’ve been back at the gym since June and have not had the issue return.
I would guess that overuse has caught up to you.
I’d get it fixed. I tore mine at the shoulder and at the elbow on the same arm (different injuries about a year apart). The elbow one had to be fixed. I guess I could have skipped the shoulder fix, but I’m really glad I got it done. It is a little longer than a 16 week recovery though in my experience – it took about 6 months before I was back to full strength on the impacted side. If they are going to put you under to clean other stuff up, might as well get the tendon fixed too.
So, it sounds like its not just normal for older lifters to have shoulder pain? I am going to make an appointment to have it checked, I just know the fight I am going to have with my PCP to get a referral to an Ortho. He likes to give me pills first, which I don’t want. The only number I chase anymore is Bench, I just like it. Its not an ego thing, or competition, I just enjoy the lift for some reason and like testing myself. Everything else I seem to be reasonable with. BTW, I am not a very strong bencher either, considering my love for it. LOL
Not normal, just very common and most likely.