Do you get shoulder pain in the bench press?

Do you get pain on the front of your shoulder during the bench press? You’re not alone. As a physical therapist, this is something I see a lot. Here are a few things to think about for your next chest day!

Have you checked your neck?

The neck has a lot to do with the stability and strength of the shoulders. This is a good thing. Except. It’s a relationship that’s easy to abuse when you’re trying to lift the heaviest weight possible. Like in the bottom of a heavy bench press, for example. Usually this isn’t a big deal, but if you’ve started to get that sharp stabbing pain on the front of your shoulder, there’s a good chance your neck is working overtime.

This is a neck working hard to help press, double chin city!
This is a neck working REALY hard. This person is also likely missing shoulder internal rotation.
This is what a relaxed neck looks like. No more double chin! Look at that open air way!

What’s your bench press look like?

If this looks familiar and you want to know more about what to do next, check out our video to learn more. Or you can head over to our scheduling page and talk with one of our exercise experts!

This information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, and those seeking personal medical advice should consult with a licensed physician. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.