I have been experiencing pain when doing pull ups (to the point where I can really not do a pull up) in my left shoulder for about 3 months. I think that I hurt it while doing the Angie WOD but was able to complete the workout and I really did not notice the pain and discomfort until the next day when I tried to do a pull up.
I have been to the doctor who thought it was more of a rotator cuff strain and I just needed to rest and suggested Physical Therapy. He did a series of test and told my small shoulder muscle were actually very week and to strengthen them. I rested for approximately 2 weeks with no pull ups but did other exercise that did not hurt and a ton of cardio. After about 3 weeks of PT I still am experiencing pain in my shoulder and can only do about 25 lbs on the pull downs. I have strengthened my shoulder and PT person is not sure what more to do.
It should be noted that my shoulder really does not hurt during any other exercise except pull ups. I can row, push up, shoulder press, etc. and it does not hurt. But the movement of pulling anything including opening doors sometimes it hurts.
This has been very frustrating because I don’t feel that I am getting better and somewhat pride myself on being fit, warming up, stretching, and doing pulls (which I have done for years). If anyone can help please let me know.