Chest Exercises after Shoulder Injury

  • vbportugal

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    Dec 20, 2012 7:41 PM GMT
    Hey all,

    So today was my last day of physical therapy. I had surgery on my right shoulder due to numerous dislocations in August. The physical therapist said I am cleared to do most of the exercises I was previously doing at the gym.

    The exception is I cannot do bench press, push ups, or dips for at least another month (the physical therapist said he would prefer a longer time, and to not do dips entirely).

    Is there any other way to develop chest muscles besides doing the above mentioned exercises or any exercises with similar motion? Flys were the only exercise that he mentioned I could start doing because they did not put a strain on the shoulder like the other exercises do. Are there more exercises like flys where I can get a head start of re-strengthening the chest muscles?
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    Dec 21, 2012 3:39 AM GMT
    Its hard to isolate the pecs without some shoulder involvement, so a GOOD chest workout will be difficult at best.

    It's just a month. Maybe focus on legs for a bit? It would be more beneficial in the long run to just let it heal!
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    Dec 26, 2012 6:40 AM GMT
    They all involve the shoulders.

    Ask him about using isolated chest press. It might be your safest option.
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    Dec 26, 2012 6:51 AM GMT
    Tell the PT you want to take an aggressive treatment plan towards the goals you have mentioned.

    If they won't work with you, get a different PT. (They almost certainly will.)

    It'll probably hurt, but...that's life...

    When you coddle a weak part it only gets weaker. Train the weak part, and the whole system becomes stronger.

    As with many things, it's best to take a guided, and informed, approach to rehab. Been there; done that; quite successfully,

    Like any other profession, some PTS are clueless. If yours won't cooperate, fire him / her, and get someone more schooled.

    In PT you have a choice: slower, less pain, and less rehab, but, less risk, or faster with plenty of pain, with better rehab, and slightly more risk. YOU ARE THE CUSTOMER. STATE YOUR OBJECTIVES CLEARLY TO YOUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.

    I have two PTs that I prefer: One works with advanced athletes exclusively; the other I have known for over 11 years and is a DPT. Both understand athletes, and have a deep understanding of body mechanics. If your PTS thinks you need months, that PT is likely WRONG. Most orthos, and PTs say PT SOONER rather than later, especially in tears, and surgery.

    When I tore my bicep off, I had my cast off in 11 days. I had a full ranges of motion in 41 days. Typical ROM (Range of Motion) brace would be 45 days to 90 days. I had my cast off in 11 days.. Did it hurt? Fuck yeah. Did it rehab better because of how we did it? Fuck yeah. My ortho ( uses me as a model patient, and was ecstatic at my progress! Post op 3 years, I saw Dr. Singhal...he couldn't wait to do function tests...and...he was delighted.

    It's your choice. You're the customer.
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    Dec 26, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
    Also look into Active Release Therapy and whether there are A.R.T. specialists in your area. A.R.T. is somewhat akin to accupressure, largely designed to loosen muscle fascia. My A.R.T. specialist has repaired a torn bicep, foot tendon, back pain and a rotator cuff injury in the FRACTION of time it took my physical therapists. Because of this, I was not only rehabbed quicker but more cheaply - even though he was not covered by insurance and cost me $50 out of pocket per visit, he was cheaper than the P.T.s for whom I only had a $10 copay. Personally, I'd lay off the chest workouts awhile longer because in my case it's just not worth re-injuring myself.