4 Best Exercises for Preventing Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder pain is another big issue and it is definitely not something to take lightly. The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body and very vulnerable due the unstable range of motion. The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint which allows for the wide range of motion. There are many causes of shoulder pain, but the one of the most common causes is arthritis.

Arthritis is the breakdown, or wearing out, of cartilage in the joints. The result of this is joint pain and stiffness. Preventing this issue is almost inevitable, but through proper exercise and medication you can decrease the severity.

Another common injury is a direct blow that may separate or dislocate the shoulder. Although these are very different injuries, they are both very painful and the healing process is lengthy. Rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication, and light rehab are the main treatments for these injuries.

A torn rotator cuff is yet one more common injury. This injury occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff seperate from the bone and it is very painful. Surgery is the main treatment for this injury.

Below are a few exercises to help strengthen the shoulder to prevent injuries:

Contact your physician if you have these issues:

  • Inability to carry objects
  • Injury that causes deformity of the joint
  • Shoulder pain that occurs at night or while resting
  • Shoulder pain that lasts longer than a few days
  • Cannot raise the arm
  • Swelling or bruising around the joint or arm
  • Signs of an infection
  • 3 Responses to 4 Best Exercises for Preventing Shoulder Injuries

    1. I have major pain in my right shoulder. I love playing tennis but have had to adjust my service motion to compensate for a possible rotator tear. I’ve heard that rotator surgery can leave you worse off than if you opted to go without it. Any thoughts?

    2. See an orthopedic surgeon – depending on the severity of your injury, you may have several options. Rest and exercise, physical therapy, arthroscopic surgery or a the more invasive type of surgery.

      I’ve had orthopedic surgery three times – knee, shoulder and hand. I’m fully healed, have no pain and can do what I want.

      Ask questions so that you can make an informed decision. It’s your body – understand what will happen and what to expect.

      I hope everything goes well.

      Chris Melton

    3. Matt says:

      Yes, very good answer. It is your body and I don’t recommend playing through the pain; you’re just going to make it worse and it’s not worth it. Try some rehab exercises and if it is not getting any better please talk someone.

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