Shoulder Injury Prevention

Shoulder injuries are quite common, especially for athletes or people who engage in physical activities that involve repetitive arm and shoulder movements. Injuries can occur due to overuse, sudden impact, or trauma. Whatever the cause, shoulder injuries can be painful and limiting, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks or participate in sports.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent shoulder injuries from occurring. Here are some tips to help keep your shoulders healthy and injury-free:

  1. Warm-up and stretch before physical activity: Before engaging in any physical activity that involves your shoulders, be sure to warm up and stretch properly. This will help increase blood flow to the muscles, making them more flexible and less prone to injury.
  2. Practice good posture: Maintaining good posture is essential to preventing shoulder injuries. When you slouch, your shoulders and upper back muscles become weak, leading to an increased risk of injury. Try to sit and stand with your shoulders pulled back and your spine straight several times each day.
  3. Strengthen your shoulder muscles: Strengthening your shoulder muscles through regular exercise can help prevent injuries. Focus on exercises that target the rotator cuff muscles, which are responsible for stabilizing the shoulder joint. These can include simple motions such as modified push-ups or rows.
  4. Use proper form: Whether you’re lifting weights or throwing a ball, using proper form is crucial to preventing shoulder injuries. Make sure to follow the correct technique and avoid overexerting your shoulder muscles.
  5. Take breaks and rest when necessary: Overuse injuries are common among people who engage in repetitive activities such as throwing or swimming. Take regular breaks and rest when necessary to avoid putting too much strain on your shoulders.
  6. Get professional help: If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your shoulders, it’s important to seek professional help. A physical therapist can help identify the cause of your pain and develop a treatment plan to help you recover. At Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy, our team of experienced therapists can provide a variety of treatments, including manual therapy, exercise, and education to help you prevent and recover from shoulder injuries.

Shoulder injuries can be serious and should not be ignored. By following these tips and seeking professional help when needed, you can help keep your shoulders healthy and injury-free. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy at 616.256.8679 for more information on how we can help you prevent and recover from shoulder injuries.

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Scott Devries, MSPT