As one of the most injured joints, your shoulders do a lot of substantial
lifting day-to-day. Whether you are an avid sports player, an industrial
worker, or driver—your joints are getting a lot of wear and tear daily.
The best way to realize the abuse your shoulders take, and to avoid injury,
is to be mindful of the below:
Work on Strength Training
Many common shoulder injuries can occur from improper form or overuse.
By staying in shape, having proper muscle tone, and working on your balance
and flexibility, you can decrease your chance of injury. Start any new
routine slowly, listen to your body, and don’t lift too much, too early on.
Know Your Limits
If certain activities are flaring up your
shoulder pain, you shouldn’t continue them. If the
pain persists, bring it up to your doctor. Ignoring the pain will increase
your chance of further damage and injury. The sooner you talk to your
doctor about your pain, the better your chances of preventing an injury. If your
job consists of physical labor, be mindful of your posture when standing
and be sure to lift things with your legs properly, never your back.
Practice Proper Recovery
If pain or injury does occur, don’t let it go ignored. Rest is a
significant part of the healing process, and without it, you put yourself
at risk for long term pain. Rest and ice the area, consider
physical therapy, and keep your arm free to move around.
Is shoulder pain affecting your quality of life?
Power River Orthopedics & Spine (PROS) is here to help in Gillette, Wyoming. We can evaluate your options
so you can rest assure that you get the best possible outcome and are
back to a happy and active life in no time.
Call the PROS at 307.686.1413 or visit
www.cchwyo.org/PROS to learn more.
PROS is a Campbell County Medical Group
clinic with Campbell County Health.