Hi all. I would like to ask what you guys suggest for this issue. I am going to go in-depth so that all the info is put out there so apologies in advance for the long post.
I have always had shoulder problems. First it was impingement in the left (treated by physio for a year, subsided); clavicle osteolysis in the right (clavicle resection surgery, 10 months into recovery). The factors which had contributed according to the sports people (doctor, surgeon, physios, biokineticists) are:
- weak shoulder stabilizers
- very weak suprispinatus muscles
- lifting stupidly when I first started, was young, naive, and not self-researched/educated yet
- winging of the shoulders
In essence, after around 5 years now, the left shoulder impingement (which affected mainly the chest, lats and biceps - and their respective insertion points at the shoulder girdle) has subsided; the right shoulder is not in recover after the resection (they say at least a year as the “new” bone and clavicle ending has to form and stabilize).
I am now going back into proper training and a problem I have is that the left shoulder is very weak, gets very sore and tires very quickly etc. The biokineticist and physio treating me say the causes are:
- laxe left shoulder joint
- overactive trap
To explain the issue, examples of what affects me are:
- chest exercises: feels like shoulder and trap on the left take the grunt of the work and become very sore and tired
- bicep and tricep work: same thing, left trap always takes over no matter how much I try isolate it or how low in weight I use.
The problem is that it is not an issue of trying to lift too heavy - the trap takes over and becomes tired/sore even when using low or no weights, or the resistance bands as part of rehab.
I would thus like to ask anyone who knows about this or experienced this, what can be done. It is very frustrating (not to mention painful) and, as mentioned above, even rehab exercises seem not to work as the trap still takes over, the shoulder becomes sore, the suprispinatus and other stabilizers seem not to fire at all.
Any help would be greatly appreciated and please ask if you need any further info
PS. even after years of the rehab and work with the bioneticist, the strength of the shoulder and balance has improved dramatically but the winging is still very prevalent.
PPS. I do a lot of work on posture too, both from biokineticist program and from articles here.