I'm having a bit of an issue with my right shoulder when preforming any type of pushing action. I dislocated it about 2 years ago and I believe that was the start of this issue. I get a nagging pain after a few reps. I can push out about 3 reps then I get the pain. It's not intense but, it's enough to tell me something is wrong. I manage to push out all my reps and the pain doesn't persist after my work out.
I do believe it's causing a range of motion issue as'well as I cannot bring the bar down all the way to my chest on some exercises. I get about 2-3 inches away from my chest. I'm a bit of a nitpick when it comes to my form and I'm wondering if that's ok if it has to be brought all the way down to touch my chest.
My shoulder cracks and pops an awful lot and it does bother me when I lay on that side of my body. I've never felt like it was going to pop out though just feels like the nagging pain as I stated earlier.
I realize you guys aren't doctors but, I'm sure you have some pointers for training. Should I maybe switch from free weights to machines for awhile til I build some more strength in my chest to take the pressure of my shoulder? I'm also more comfortable doing presses with dumb bells than a bar. I try to vary it though so I don't get used to doing it one way. Any advice is apprieciated.