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    Shoulder Pain from Decline Press

    Today I worked chest and ended up with some sharp left shoulder pain (and I am right handed) after doing a few sets on the decline bench.

    I searched this subject and found that most people point to the rotator cuff as the problem...however, the pain was not present for any other exercise (including dumbell flat press, pec dec flies, and high cable crossover flies)

    ...just at certain positions it hurt like a b*tch (including the initial setup for dumbell flat presses)

    The pain is on the anterior portion of my left shoulder slightly above the bicep.

    Since it just happened today, I am hoping the pain eases off during the next few days (hopefully by morning) in time for my other arm workouts, I have been icing periodically today (and praying...lol).

    Any insight? Perhaps dips instead of decline press?

    Appreciate your help.
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    Id drop the declines for sure.I really dont understand why people do these anyways,excpet maybe for tricep strength.I would throw inclines in the mix,in place of one of the isolation excericises.Always be careful when doing chest excercises because you can easily injur your rotators...and thats not fun.Remember to warm up properly,and use good form...it wouldnt hurt to throw in some rotator work as a warm up,and somewhere else in your normal routine.
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    I had the exact same pain in that same spot about 3 weeks ago. It took about 2 1/2 weeks for the pain to completely go away, although after a week, the pain was minimal. I have started lifting again and that area still feels a tad sore when doing certain exercises, but there is no pain. Keep icing it and don't lift for a week or two and you will be fine.
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    Re: Shoulder Pain from Decline Press

    Originally posted by akondog
    Today I worked chest and ended up with some sharp left shoulder pain (and I am right handed) after doing a few sets on the decline bench.

    I searched this subject and found that most people point to the rotator cuff as the problem...however, the pain was not present for any other exercise (including dumbell flat press, pec dec flies, and high cable crossover flies)

    ...just at certain positions it hurt like a b*tch (including the initial setup for dumbell flat presses)

    The pain is on the anterior portion of my left shoulder slightly above the bicep.

    Since it just happened today, I am hoping the pain eases off during the next few days (hopefully by morning) in time for my other arm workouts, I have been icing periodically today (and praying...lol).

    Any insight? Perhaps dips instead of decline press?

    Appreciate your help.
    You may want to consider dropping the flyes
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    Make sure you use good form and you can handle the weight. I also have a bad shoulder and only use dumbells for any bench press incline, decline or flat. You don't need to drop declines its actually better than flat bench pressing.

    Try adding cuff exercises to your regular routine.
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    And cuff stretches
    http://www.ohsu.edu/som-Orthopedics/...ulderstiff.htm
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    Flax oil!

    All I have to say as far as the pain goes is FLAX OIL!

    Works wonders for me, and I had been plagued by rotator cuff probs for months. Three tablespoons a day of Udo' Choice of blended oils has completely rid me of pain and *clicking, snapping, and popping* of the joint. It's supposedly the Omegas that decrease the inflammation.

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    Thanks guys/gals


    Excellent advice....I will be using it.
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    Re: Shoulder Pain from Decline Press

    Originally posted by akondog
    Today I worked chest and ended up with some sharp left shoulder pain (and I am right handed) after doing a few sets on the decline bench.

    I searched this subject and found that most people point to the rotator cuff as the problem...however, the pain was not present for any other exercise (including dumbell flat press, pec dec flies, and high cable crossover flies)

    ...just at certain positions it hurt like a b*tch (including the initial setup for dumbell flat presses)

    The pain is on the anterior portion of my left shoulder slightly above the bicep.

    Since it just happened today, I am hoping the pain eases off during the next few days (hopefully by morning) in time for my other arm workouts, I have been icing periodically today (and praying...lol).

    Any insight? Perhaps dips instead of decline press?

    Appreciate your help.
    Just a quick opinion..

    No need for decline press on the same day as flat press.

    Ditch the pec deck - its a medieval device for torturing your shoulders.
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    Unhappy shoulder pain

    has anyone here had shoulder surgery and if so how long before you could workout again
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