Our shoulders are by far the most complex joint in our bodies so it should come as no surprise that they are also one of the joints that can cause the most problems. With seventeen different muscles as well as the bones, cartilage, bursa and tendons there are a number of things that can go wrong, most of which can respond well to exercise as long as it is done at the right time and in the right way.
So when is the best time to start shoulder therapy exercises? The most truthful and probably the most irritating answer is before we get an injury, but presumably, if you are already reading this, it is already too late for that, then the answer is really down to the type of injury and the level of pain.
A mild shoulder injury may well go away on its own after a few days. Most of us have had a stiff shoulder at some point that has simply got better on its own. If the pain carries on for more than two or three days or gets worse with time then you need to see your doctor. If you have suffered shoulder pain and been lucky enough for it to go on its own it might well be worth starting shoulder exercises to strengthen your shoulder and avoid further injuries. As we get older the shoulder weakens which is why so many of us have shoulder problems after reaching forty. Prevention beats cure every time.
On the other hand, serious shoulder problems such as a rotator cuff tear, shoulder impingement or bursitis will all need a more strucrtured approach. Your body is actually the best indicator of when it is ready to start shoulder therapy exercises. If you are getting pain with certain movements, then steer clear of them. You need to rest your shoulder and allow it to heal before you start any kind of shoulder therapy and this means proper rest.
Avoid any movement that gives you pain as this is usually an indicator that you are causing more damage. Take a look at your daily routine and make some changes to avoid painful movements. Stop driving for a while, change how you work, get help from other people with some things. Rest your shoulder properly.
At the same time, start to treat the pain and inflammation. Start taking non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the inflammation. If that does not work ask your doctor for a steroid injection. A lot of the pain of shoulder injuries is caused by inflammation. Treat the inflammation and the pain will reduce.
Your shoulder will tell you when it is safe to start exercising. Listen to it and when you are ready, start with gentle shoulder specific exercises, don't go to the gym and start working out. That will come in time.
With proper rest and the right shoulder therapy exercises most shoulder problems can be sorted out quickly.
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