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It may seem counter-intuitive. Your shoulder hurts, so your doctor or physical therapist recommends exercises. Yet, why go through more pain?
The truth is that exercising an injured shoulder at the appropriate time will reduce pain. Increasing the mobility and flexibility of your stiff joints and muscles can help them heal by reducing inflammation. In addition, when you avoid using your painful shoulder, the muscles that support the joint become disused and weak, which also causes pain.
If you have had surgery, doing your exercises faithfully — as recommended by your doctor or physical therapist — is key to your recovery and a return to the activities you love.
These exercises, recommended by The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, can help improve the function and comfort level of your shoulder. As always, be sure to check with your doctor or physical therapist first before beginning any exercise program.
Your physician will let you know when it is appropriate to undertake mobility and strengthening exercises for your shoulder — and may recommend specific exercises to address your shoulder pain.
Exercises to strengthen the shoulder can help improve your shoulder function, reduce discomfort, and help avoid future injury:
Range-of-motion exercises help you increase mobility and decrease pain when you have a shoulder problem:
Aerobic activities such as swimming and walking can help keep your joints supple.
Exercise can help:
Your doctor and physical therapist will advise you which exercises can best benefit your shoulder problem and overall health.