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    Default Shoulder pain while doing lateral/front raises

    I've been lifting for close to a year now, and I've come a long way as far as lifting properly with good form. One thing I can never understand is why I have shoulder pain while doing lateral and front raises. It's only with my left shoulder, and almost feels like something is popping out. If I lift my arm in the same position as these exercise (even with no weight) I can still feel it 'pop'. Just doing the movement doesn't hurt, but when I'm doing my shoulder workout the added weight makes the 'popping sensation' more painful. I'm curious if anyone has any advice as to what I should do about this. Thanks - Joel

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohisofly View Post
    I've been lifting for close to a year now, and I've come a long way as far as lifting properly with good form. One thing I can never understand is why I have shoulder pain while doing lateral and front raises. It's only with my left shoulder, and almost feels like something is popping out. If I lift my arm in the same position as these exercise (even with no weight) I can still feel it 'pop'. Just doing the movement doesn't hurt, but when I'm doing my shoulder workout the added weight makes the 'popping sensation' more painful. I'm curious if anyone has any advice as to what I should do about this. Thanks - Joel
    Do you thoroughly warm up the rotator cuff before training shoulders.

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    My advice would be to pay a visit to a physiotherapist, he can examine the shoulder and prescribe exercises for you for the shoulder
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    I don't do that, but clearly I need to start. Thanks Doug!

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    Doug is correct but you seem to have laxity in your rotator cuff unilaterally. SO instead of performing the activities that cause your shoulder to sublux(pop out), perform daily rotator cuff exercises only 3 of them every morning before you leave your bedroom and after about 3-4 weeks retry the movements and see if the shoulder is clicking less. Note you should also perform scapular retraction exercises too! I believe both Doug and I have posted on this site and Doug has a few good articles regarding the subject.

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    Thanks for the info! Does this mean I can keep lifting, just to not do shoulders?

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    Your shoulders will still get some sort of workout if you are doing chest and back exercises, you may not be able to isolate them as much. Maybe do some internal and external rotations with the cable machine at the gym to try strengthen the rotator cuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by yitmy View Post
    Doug is correct but you seem to have laxity in your rotator cuff unilaterally. SO instead of performing the activities that cause your shoulder to sublux(pop out), perform daily rotator cuff exercises only 3 of them every morning before you leave your bedroom and after about 3-4 weeks retry the movements and see if the shoulder is clicking less. Note you should also perform scapular retraction exercises too! I believe both Doug and I have posted on this site and Doug has a few good articles regarding the subject.

    Keep us posted and good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohisofly View Post
    I've been lifting for close to a year now, and I've come a long way as far as lifting properly with good form. One thing I can never understand is why I have shoulder pain while doing lateral and front raises. It's only with my left shoulder, and almost feels like something is popping out. If I lift my arm in the same position as these exercise (even with no weight) I can still feel it 'pop'. Just doing the movement doesn't hurt, but when I'm doing my shoulder workout the added weight makes the 'popping sensation' more painful. I'm curious if anyone has any advice as to what I should do about this. Thanks - Joel

    I have exactly the same problem mate, same shoulder as well!!

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    I haven't done shoulders, chest, or triceps for over a month and I'm still having a little popping in my left shoulder. I've been doing some rotator cuff exercises but which are the best? I always see guys in the gym holding a 5lb weight and slowly swinging it in a circle, parallel to their body. Is this for the rotator cuff?

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    This is a pretty good video, he talks about how to do the lat raises without putting as much strain on the rotator cuff.

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