Your Shoulder Pain May Have An Easy Solution: Exercise
July 9th, 2018
According to the World Health Organization, shoulder pain affects 9% of Americans. Often, shoulder pain can be traced back to weakened muscles that support the skeletal system and the spine. The deltoid and interscapular muscles are particularly important when working on strengthening muscles that can help improve chronic shoulder pain. Strengthening these muscles will also improve your posture to prevent slouching, which can not only help prevent shoulder pain, but other types of chronic pain as well.
What Helps Pain has introduced a series of blogs that detail easy, at-home physical therapy exercises you can do to help improve a variety of pain-related problems. In the newest blog in the series, 5 Easy Shoulder Pain Exercises, we have introduced fun and easy exercises to help strengthen your deltoid and interscapular muscles. While many exercises tend to go for total muscle failure, since we don’t want to aggravate the pain any further, we have set out some guiding numbers.
Some of the exercises involve working with a resistance band, however, as our new blog will note, “When using a resistance band, it is easy to overdo it and injure yourself without realizing that you’re doing so, so be very careful. If it hurts, you’ve overdone it. A resistance band feels easier than it is, so be sure to stick to the numbers.” When working without resistance, you may be able to push the limits a little further. However, you should be careful when working with a resistance band as it is easier to strain or sprain a muscles and put yourself out of commission for several days.
One should also be careful of many of the medical treatments for chronic shoulder pain. Opiates carry a heavy risk of addiction, so many doctors have opted to prescribe neuroleptic medications, like Neurontin or Lyrica, instead. However, these medications are not without their side effects and should be taken seriously. When discussing options with your doctor, be sure to ask about side effects. “Some of these symptoms include manic episodes, excessive worrying, acting without thinking, irritability, aggression, thoughts of suicide, and many other serious symptoms of depression.” Be sure the benefits outweigh the risks when choosing a medication like this, and be sure to follow up closely and carefully with your doctor.
For more from our “5 Easy Exercises” series, or for more information regarding other types of pain, visit our blog. We want you to have the best and most relevant information regarding the treatment of your pain. Whathelpspain.com wants to offer you solutions to your specific kind of pain.
Kerri Gaither (Bamboo Marketing Solutions, LLC)