I have no current major physical issues, but my body is not what it used to be.
I have two nagging issues:
One is my left shoulder "doesn't feel right", and it has been like this for over ten years. If I do pushups, my left shoulder is the first thing to give. Last year, my shoulder actually froze up. No pain, but my left shoulder is definitely like my right one.
Second is my left glute/hamstring, not sure which. I started road biking this year, and my left glute/hamstring sometimes has a slight pain and feel tense. I think my problem is that I tense up my left leg while doing fast descents. I now alternate between legs and the issue has mostly gone away. I noticed that I tense up the same leg when I play guitar!
I am clueless about doctors. My feeling is that a general practitioner would not be much help and that a physical therapist would only be helpful after a diagnosis. But what type of specialist do I need? From searching, it seems like an orthopedic doctor would be what I am looking for. Definitely for the shoulder, not sure about the glute/hamstring issue. I am so clueless, I don't even know which muscle has the issue! While looking for an orthopedic doctor in my area, I found a place called something like Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute. Is Sports Medicine a real thing? Sounds like my best bet. Or is a general MD the way to go?
Waiting to be schooled...