Physical Rehabilitation Medicine/Shoulders and weight training


Hi Brian,
I am into body building and with my weight training, exercise the shoulders. As I have gotten older, I am finding that overhead pressing is starting to hurt a lot. I am thinking of ditching this exercise altogether. With doing that, I am not sure what is a good and safe replacement? Do you know of anything?
Thank you, Steve

Anything overhead puts much more stress on the body than other exercises.  Anything that hurts don't do it.  I'm assuming you're talking about deltoids (ant, mid, post) and traps. I'd skip the traps due to contributing to shoulder problems that are associated.  As far as the delts, front raises and lateral raises only come to shoulder height or 90 degrees at the shoulder.  Flys are another name.  You are probably familiar with these already.

Military press is great for mass but can be very stressful.  Those are my recommendations, hope this helps.

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I can answer questions about both conservative and post-operative rehabilitation for UPPER extremity injuries. These include but are not limited to: fractures, tendon repairs, tendon transfers, nerve repairs, lacerations, tenolysis procedures, TFCC injuries, repetitive motion disorders, reconstructive procedures. I have an advanced knowledge of UPPER extremity anatomy and industrial rehabilitation. I have extensive splinting skills for injuries to the upper extremity. Although not a physician or a surgeon I have worked closely with world renowned upper extremity specialists for over 10 years. I can give general information on what some of the most common upper extremity surgeries involve. I can reference those procedures as well. PLEASE DON'T ASK ME QUESTIONS ABOUT ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE NECK, SHOULDER, ARM/HAND. I'M NOT QUALIFIED AND KNOW ABSOLUTELY ZERO ABOUT BACKS/HIPS/KNEES/ANKLES/ETC. THANK YOU!!!


10+ years working closely with orthopedic and hand surgeons and their patients. I have treated patients with small lacerations to major reconstructive procedures. My knowledge base includes both conservative and post-operative rehab protocols and care for upper extremity injuries. I have treated patients all the way from day 1 post-op to return-to-work status.

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