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Excellent Exercises for Shoulder Pain

Nov 30, 2022 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

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One of the greatest challenges in managing shoulder pain of musculoskeletal origin is its slow recovery rate. Some studies show that only about half of all new episodes of shoulder complaints have a complete recovery within six months. Add in the aging process, hobbies and jobs that increase the risk of re-injury and it’s understandable why some patients may not make a full recovery.

So, what can doctors of chiropractic do to help those with shoulder pain? The use of manipulation, mobilization, and modalities such as class IIIb and class IV laser (and others) can help a lot. But most importantly, exercise training is the key to a successful outcome. Due to the slow recovery time for shoulder injuries, it is important to only gradually introduce exercises each time. In the initial stage, the following are appropriate:

Pendulum exercises: Like the pendulum of a clock, let the arm hang freely and gently swing while grasping a light weight (2.5-5 pounds, or 1.13-2.27 kg) – DO NOT try to lift the weight!

Finger walks up a wall: Face a wall and slowly walk your fingers up the wall but STOP at the point of pain. Remember, the first goal is to restore pain-free motion.

Once pain levels have improved and range of motion has been restored, resistance exercises are necessary to regain full function. TheraTube or TheraBand exercises are very practical, as you can travel with these and perform them anywhere. Here is a sample protocol: https://youtu.be/HKdm-2WYxDQ

Start with only three repetitions for each of these movements and SLOWLY release the tubing to help build coordination. If the protocol is too difficult, move toward the anchor point/door to reduce the tension on the tube. Be patient with your progress. It’s a slow but a consistent routine that will get you to your desired goals.

So, if you are experiencing shoulder pain and you type in pain management near me or chiropractor near me, you will find that Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “What is wrong with my shoulder and who in my area can help”? 

Do I have a muscle strain in the shoulder muscles? If it is a strained muscle, why is it getting worse instead of better? Perhaps, you have been taking chemicals and the pain persists as well? Do I have tendonitis?  Is it a rotator cuff tear or rotator cup problem? Pickle ball, golf, and tennis are common sports to cause shoulder pain. Some near you try shoulder workouts with the shoulder muscles to no avail. Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional around you before it becomes a frozen shoulder.

Check out what the experts say about chiropractic care for shoulder pain here:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21640255/ 

Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at Coast Chiropractic Centers at (239) 278-3344 and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or first Class IV high-intensity laser treatment. If you would like to avoid getting shoulder pain in the first place or to take a proactive approach to your health and wellness nearby, our membership program called Club C may be just the thing for you with great cost savings, convenience, and even more importantly, a plan to get your health back and keep it.

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