Ask An Orthopedist: Weight lifting and shoulder pain

Calendar December 6, 2016

Question: I have a slight dull pain in my right shoulder and the doctor I went to said it was bicep tendonitis. I was wondering if I lift weights 2 to 3 times a week, in the long run will my arm be badly damaged? My shoulder also pops when I lift my arm straight up.

If you keep lifting weights regularly you will probably continue to have the shoulder discomfort. A better plan would be to treat the tendinitis, get it better, then resume the weight lifting pain-free. A visit to an orthopedist for an evaluation and treatment would probably be very beneficial.

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