I injured my shoulder a few years ago, and my PT (who is also an Adventure Racer) gave me a bunch of shoulder exercises. They really helped. They're basically very light weight lifting. I do them with the cable-based gym machines with a pin that selects the weight. It's usually 2.5 or 5 pounds, but I did a few at 10. A few of them I do with no pin in the weight stack, so it's the weight of the rod plus that top weight, if one is attached to the rod. You can also do them at home with a small weight.
I need to do them more often.
Also if you're having *acute pain* from specific motions (whether or not you can figure out what the exact motion is), I suggest having your doctor refer you to a shoulder specialist or PT. The really good ones will do a long series of diagnostic motions to figure out exactly what is wrong.
I'm guessing I need to find a general set of PT exercises like this to keep the "small stuff" from getting injured. Oh, and core exercises. I need to do those too.
OK, seeing doctor on Tuesday.
Good luck! I hope it's something easy to fix.
Thanks. I was wrong about seeing the doc on Tuesday. I'm not seeing her until next Thursday. It's the immigration lawyer I saw yesterday.
I thought of something else. I rarely use either ibuprofen or naproxen sodium (Aleve), but when my shoulder was injured, the Aleve really did the job. Twenty minutes after I took it, the pain went away, and 4-5 hours later, the pain just slowly came back. Ibuprofen did nothing I could notice.
Interesting. I have been trying Ibuprofen, to no effect, and today I tried Aleve and I think it did help. I guess I thought they were the same thing basically.
Interesting thought for somebody who works in the pharmaceuticals industry. :-)