A/C joint one arm, elbow bursitis other arm

I am a 55 year old athlete / martial arts instructor / paramedic for past 30 plus years. Excellent health & high fitness. No medical conditions, no meds. Recent elbow bursitis right arm (aggravated after push -ups) and A/C problems left shoulder. Symptoms are pain ONLY on palpation of both areas, especially after push-ups and also moderate stiffness / limited ability to reach up back on shoulder side. No generalized pain, no arm movement limitation, no obvious swelling, can easily lift arms over head in any direction or shadow box without any pain whatsoever. Pain only on palpation atop A/C joint and over elbow capsule. I am very concerned the length of time required to rehabilitate the shoulder coupled with the issues on the opposite elbow will result in de-conditioning. I do not routinely lift heavy weights, just dumbell curls and pushups. Completely halted dips, pull ups, and military press several years ago. Thus far have stopped ALL arm exercises for up to two weeks at a time and as soon as I resume problems resurface. My question is with this set of conditions and in light of the typical recovery time what am I supposed to do to maintain upper body fitness? Is ANY particular type of push-up better than another for these conditions? Or should I abandon ALL push ups? My aims are as follows 1) rehabilitate the shoulder through exercises alone and without resorting to surgery 2) limit or avoid de-conditioning of upper body. Thank you for any suggestions / info.

Posted By James Hilton on July 27, 2016 at 21:23:25:

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