The shoulders endure a lot of weight and perform a wide range of movements every day, so it is not a surprise that several people experience shoulder pain — even those who don't engage in sports. Shoulder injuries can worsen if left ignored and untreated, so it is important to seek treatment early.
While over-the-counter medications may be a tempting treatment for the pain, stretching is an even more effective way to reduce shoulder pain. Physical therapy can prevent the need for surgery, which is especially beneficial for older adults who may not have as high a success rate with surgery. Even in cases where surgery is inevitable, strengthening exercises are a great way to prepare and strengthen the body prior to and after surgery.
This brief guide explains various therapeutic exercises to relieve shoulder pain. Learn how physical rehabilitation can help you recover and improve your mobility.
The following therapeutic exercises for shoulder blade pain can be performed at home without any equipment:
The across-the-chest exercise helps increase flexibility and range of motion in your frozen shoulder joint and the muscles around it.
The pendulum exercise uses the weight and momentum of your upper arm bone to stimulate movement at the shoulder joint while keeping inactivity of the injured muscles.
The doorway stretch exercise stretches your chest and strengthens your shoulder muscles.
Also known as a popular yoga pose, Downward Dog is great for stretching and strengthening the muscles in your shoulders as well as your back.
Several neck muscles are attached in the shoulder area, so keeping the neck gently loose and aligned can sometimes help with shoulder pain.
This stretch is great for encouraging flexibility as well as improving your shoulders’ range of motion.
The seated twist stretches your shoulders and neck. Keep your hips facing forward while doing this exercise. Allow the twist to begin in your lower back.
We rely on our shoulders for many everyday activities, including reaching, lifting, holding, carrying, pressing, and pulling. With all these activities, it's unsurprising that we experience some degree of shoulder discomfort in our life.
If shoulder pain is left ignored, however, it can become a chronic problem that can affect everyday activities such as carrying groceries, getting dressed, or combing your hair.
Physical therapy may be included in your treatment plan if you are suffering from sudden and intense pains caused by an overuse injury or a traumatic injury.
It's a common misconception that therapy is required only after surgery. Just as those patients recovering from shoulder surgery can benefit from physical therapy, so can those with chronic shoulder pain caused by acute injuries or health conditions.
Studies show that therapeutic exercises can effectively treat shoulder conditions that cause pain, like rotator cuff injuries, shoulder arthritis, and painful impingement. Natural pain management modalities can even help delay or eliminate the need for shoulder surgery.
Physical therapy is for those who want to regain their body's function or improve its optimum performance.
Your physical therapist guides you so that you'll recover safely and properly.
Here are some of the benefits of therapeutic sessions:
At The Right Spinal Clinic, we provide accurate diagnosis and effective rehabilitation for shoulder injuries.
Schedule an appointment with us at (813) 392-2164 or visit www.trspinalclinic.com for more information.