Tips To Prevent Shoulder Pain

by Administrator 19. June 2015 05:09

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body with the widest range of motion. It is made up of three bones, Clavicle, Scapula and Humerus, and various associated muscles, tendons and ligaments. Most of the movements carried out throughout the day involve the shoulder which makes it vulnerable to injuries, strains, sprains etc. Any problem with the shoulder can cause severe pain and inability in the movement of the joint. Here are some tips to prevent shoulder pain:

  • Exercises: Shoulder pain can be caused by overuse and fatigue in the shoulder and Rotator Cuff. Exercising the muscles and tendons regularly, can help in building strength which increases the ability of the muscles to work for longer durations. It is advised to do low intensity and low impact exercises to prevent strains.
  • Stretch: Pain which is caused by stiffness can be prevented by stretching. It helps in flexing the muscles and improving their range of motion. Conditions like Frozen Shoulder can also be prevented with the help of stretching.
  • Avoid injuries: Injuries to any part of the shoulder can cause severe pain in the joint. Prevention of injuries to the Rotator Cuff or the ligaments of the joint can help in avoiding pain. Also injuries like fractures which can be caused by falls on the shoulder, accidents or sudden landing on the joint must be avoided by walking carefully on uneven grounds, wearing proper shoes to avoid falling and wearing seat belts while driving.
  • Massage: Sometimes, due to overuse and strain, knots can be formed in the muscles. Massaging the muscles of the shoulder can be helpful in relieving the built up stress in them and avoiding the possibility of shoulder pain.
  • Proper posture: Improper posture for prolonged duration of time can also cause injuries or sprains to the joint. Sleeping while keeping the arm in an awkward position may cause pain in the muscles. Also, inappropriate posture while lifting heavy objects can cause severe injuries to the Rotator Cuff. Maintaining proper posture while sitting, standing, sleeping etc. is suggested in order to avoid shoulder pain and any injuries. Also, taking precautions while picking heavy objects can be helpful in preventing injuries.
  • Comfortable workstation: The work setup at your office should be comfortable and soothing. There should be proper support for arms in order to avoid overuse or strains in muscles of arms and shoulder.
  • Sports activities: People who get involved in rough sport activities like football, rugby, basketball etc. are more susceptible to shoulder pain and injuries. These can be avoided by wearing proper protective gears during such activities. Also, people who take part in sports which require repetitive overhead movements of the arm like swimming can suffer from shoulder pain. It is suggested to take precautions in order to prevent shoulder pain.

These tips can be helpful in the prevention of shoulder pain. 

Consult Dr. Fagelman in Carrollton, TX for diagnosis and treatment of shoulder pain. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, call at (972) 492 – 1334

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