Hello. I have had an ongoing problem with my left shoulder. I have hypermobility so I was referred to a Rheumatologist & then a Physiotherapist. My left shoulder is most of the time painful especially when I wake up in the morning. It feels tight & hurts when I reach behind my back. After 20 mins or so the pain subsided but it still doesn’t feel normal. The Physio said that I had mild impingement & rolled forward shoulders. She gave me some RC strengthening exercises to do then discharged me. I cannot do any overhead barbell work & the only thing that I can manage to do with little discomfort is seated smith machine OHP. Barbell bench press only gives me little discomfort afterwards. I have dropped lateral raises as these irritate me & any exercise that pulls down on my shoulder. Like I said the pain isn’t that bad & once I get moving it tends to disappear until I rest. The pain can be felt at the front & around to the back.
I now do lots back work, face pulls & dead hangs plus I warm up now before every session. The dead hangs really feel good & I get a good stretch. When I lay on a roller & put my arms up behind my head my left arm would never fall back as much as my right. After a few weeks of dead hangs this as now improved. It also feels like my lats & tricep on the bad side are really tight. I suspect I have tight pecs too?
The main reason I have posted here is because I am sure I have some kind of structural imbalance. I mentioned this to the PT who said it’s normal to have one side different to the other & didn’t really look at what I meant. I will try to explain what I mean. On my right side I can do a bicep pose & my arm is basically in line with my body & everything looks nice & in line. My left side which is the side that gives me issues is different. I cannot get my arm in to the same position without it feeling like something is stopping it. I cannot externally rotate it enough in the bicep pose & I cannot get my upper arm in line with my back in the bicep pose. My left anterior delt is almost none existent. I am sure something is not right here. I have attached some pics to illustrate what I mean.
Hi @BReddy I have noticed you have posted some good advice if you could take a look?