Well, it seems I have the dreaded Shoulder Impingement Syndrome complete with bursitis and tendinitis. I had been having some right shoulder pain off and on for about 3-4 months. Finally the pain became chronic and I began having weakness in my right arm. I wasn't able to some of the simplest tasks like pour a pot of water into the coffee maker without pain. I found that I had little lateral strength moving against resistance. Driving with my hands at 2&10 made my whole shoulder & arm ache like crazy. I finally went to my family practice doc who referred me to a doctor of physical therapy (didn't think there were DPTs). The practice is run by a husband and wife team. Both are DPTs and he is a sports medicine specialist and weight lifter. He was off today, so I got to see the wife (who is 8.5 months pregnant). She put me through some diagnostic range of motion tests and made the pronouncement. They'll try to keep me from having surgery. He will take over my treatment starting next week. First day's treatment included acupuncture needles stuck into my pain points with a mild electric current to relax the muscle. They also used heat and vibration therapy. On Monday they'll begin some range of motion exercises (sounds like fun times ahead). Of course weight lifting is on hold. No lifts of over 1 lb over my head. She gave me some exercises to do at home with an exercise band to increase the strength of the muscles that make up the rotator cuff. Insurance will pay for 24 visits, but they think I'll need less as long as I'm a good boy and lay off the weights for a while. Since I broke my left big to the other day, my only exercise will be the bike. Oh, and did I mention that I was also diagnosed with exercise induced asthma last week? So now I take Singulair once a day and use an Albuterol inhaler an hour before exercising. It's a pain getting old.