First off, I will say that I'm going to ask my doctor and physical therapist at first opportunity, but I was just hoping to get some real-life experience from people here.
I've had some mild shoulder pain for the last three or four months, so I stopped doing all upper body strength training (since pretty much everything seems to involve the shoulder in some way). I did the usual RICE and NSAID stuff on my own and it didn't seem to make a difference, so I finally made a doctor's appointment. She did x-rays and I just found out that I have the beginnings of arthritis in my shoulder, and that is likely what's causing the pain. (I'm 43, btw, so I didn't think I'd be dealing with this kind of thing just yet.) She referred me to a physical therapist, and I will be making an appointment for that asap.
So, like I said, I will ask the pros for specific advice, etc., but am wondering if anyone here has dealt with this and if they've had to stop doing upper body ST altogether, or if they've found a way to train without aggravating the arthritis. It seems to me that strengthening the muscles in that area would help ease the burden on the joint and alleviate symptoms, but that's based on no facts at all, just a hunch. :) I should say that during regular activity, I have little to no pain; it's just with certain motions that I feel a twinge.
TIA for any experiences you can share!
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