After getting back from my ski trip, I had to wait three weeks before seeing the orthopedist.
I was sure that she would prescribe physical therapy (PT), so I decided to get a head start, and began doing some rotator cuff exercises that I had found at Yahoo! Health.
It didn't make sense to just do some exercises without testing to see if they were doing any good. So I marked a column of inches on a sheet of paper to use as a ruler, and hung it on the wall. After doing my exercises, I'd reach up against the sheet of paper to see how high I could get, and whether I had progressed at all. To start with, I could reach six inches further with my good side than with my bad.
I did exercises every day for about a week, but found there was basically no improvement in my reach. Further, I felt like the exercises were causing too much pain. I'd get a sharp pain in the front of my shoulder when reaching up. It would get worse the more I did the exercises. I feared I might be aggravating a tendon or doing some form of damage, possibly caused by impingement. I stopped doing any PT exercises, but continued doing weight-lifting pretty regularly, sticking to exercises that didn't hurt.