Shoulder Pain-Pushups

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by dirkgnuf, May 5, 2008.

  1. dirkgnuf

    dirkgnuf Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2006
    Messages:
    363
    I am a recovering rotator cuff tendonitis tennis player
    and recently decided to do some pushups with my "perfect pushup" machine.
    While I noticed no pain while doing them, today, I felt pain in what I think is my rotator cuff(slightly internal near the top of the shoulder.

    I doubt that the perfect pushups are responsible, as I have been in pain previously when doing normal pushups.
    But is this a sign that I have not recovered fully enough yet?
    Besides icing and isolation/tubing exercises what else can I do?
    It's been almost year and a half since I was first diagnosed.
    Thanks
     
    #1
  2. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2006
    Messages:
    1,224
    I've been in a similar situation.

    Pushups are amazing for many muscle groups, including the shoulder.

    However, if you have a weak shoulder (especially the rotator cuff), too much too soon could cause problems for you.

    You should be doing a basic routine of rotator cuff exercises in general.

    If that is already in your routine then I would ease into the pushups, do fewer than you usually would and make extra sure that you have good form. Depending on your level of fitness you might even do "girl's pushups" first and focus on HIGHER REPS and then ease into the normal pushups that use your full body weight. That's what I did and it led to fewer rotator cuff pain after a month or so.
     
    #2
  3. bronco_mba

    bronco_mba Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2008
    Messages:
    358
    Location:
    Southern California
    Try stretching the rotator cuff before exercising. If you still experience pain performing push-ups after stretching, you're probably doing too much too soon.
     
    #3
  4. MrAWD

    MrAWD Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2006
    Messages:
    684
    Location:
    Reading, MA
    You could also try your pushups at the angle (head higher then feet) for the time being until you recover some of the strength. Then, get back to horizontal position and have fun!

    You could also help your body with some other chest and shoulder exercises with lower weights until you gain your strength back.

    Fedja
     
    #4
  5. Cyclone

    Cyclone Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2008
    Messages:
    274
    make sure you're using correct form

    do rotator cuff exercises (they're probably all over this forum and on the internet too, really simple to do)

    also, don't forget to warm up before any exercise (arm circles, etc.) and ice afterwards. icing is a pain, but it really helps.
     
    #5
  6. HappyAndFriendlyAlways

    HappyAndFriendlyAlways Banned

    Joined:
    May 15, 2008
    Messages:
    421
    Location:
    ♣ We are pure Light, pure Love, pure Divine consci

    ^ exactly, do as he says
     
    #6
  7. superman1

    superman1 Legend

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2006
    Messages:
    5,243
    Don't listen to toe fungus boy.

    Doing push-ups won't alleviate the problem, if it's a rotator cuff issue. Push-ups work the anterior deltoid, only furthering the imbalance in your deltoids. You have to directly strengthen the rotator cuff.
     
    #7
  8. xnarek

    xnarek Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2008
    Messages:
    221
    Im just wondering, but excersices involving the rotator cuff helps it heal? I would think that by challanging ur rotator cuff when its damaged would make it even worser?
     
    #8

Share This Page