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Thread: Shoulder osteoarthritis and the press.

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    Default Shoulder osteoarthritis and the press.

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    Hi Rip,
    Returning novice here, 31 years old
    I have tried the NLP a few times, and Iíve always had trouble with the press.
    I was rather stupid when I was young and Iíve beat my left shoulder to hell. Most recently Iíve had a bicep tenodesis (moved the short head attachment to the humerus to mitigate impingement). Prior to that I had my labrum repaired. These surgeries were due to trauma associated injuries which usually involved dislocations as well.
    When I had my post op for the bicep surgery the surgeon told me I had stage three out of 5 osteoarthritis and I was a prime candidate for replacement. That was 3 years ago. So far I have opted not to have that surgery, mainly because of the longevity, or lack there of, for the replacement. I have an appointment with a shoulder specialist this year just to see where Iím at and get a 2nd opinion (truly itís a 4th opinion).
    I want desperately to work the whole NLP but the shoulder just doesnít like the press. Any time I try to power through it the results are excruciating.

    My question is, should I just give up on the press and do my best with the other 4 (although front rack with the power clean results in pain),
    Or is there anything else I can do to at least try to build some type of strength similar in the press?
    An acceptable answer is also quit being an idiot.
    Thank you.

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    Can you do some form of partial press in the rack? Shorter ROM, maybe from over your head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    Can you do some form of partial press in the rack? Shorter ROM, maybe from over your head?
    Iíll experiment on next training day and reply back here with update. Thank you so much for responding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    Can you do some form of partial press in the rack? Shorter ROM, maybe from over your head?
    Negative for shorter ROM. Shoulder can achieve a maximum of about 20 degree from the vertical. I admit I didn't realize it was this bad until I tried a new camera angle. When I attempt to straighten the shoulder I experience the same pain as mentioned before.

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    How is your bench press?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    How is your bench press?
    Decent with minimal pain or issues, oddly.

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    Drop the press and try it again in 3 months.

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    Understood, thank you for the direction.

    Is it okay to just bench twice a week?

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    It's fine with me.

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    Hi Rip,
    I had a ortho appointment today and he showed me from my X-rays that I have very large bone spurs on top and bottom of the socket on the ball joint, as well as bone on bone in a lot of the area. His suggestion was an anatomical(?) replacement vs a reverse, currently, but to be followed up with a reverse in like 15 years. I'm not too shaken by the news but the X-ray image did get me thinking as well as the fact that I'm rereading the blue book.
    I've recently gotten excited about the NPL again when I purchases a cambered bar which allowed me to rack the bar in the correct position while being able to maintain some form of grip on it, although incorrect. I imagine the lower spur on the ball is what prevents me from getting into a correct grip width. The only way I can rack the bar is with my hands just past the knurling, any closer in and the boney arthritis flares and it becomes unbearable. I've had pretty decent success with this grip but I'm only at 265lb currently on squat. Do you think I will eventually have an issue due to the loss of rigidity in the upper back and shoulder tightness due to the restriction?
    Thank you

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