Avoiding Shoulder Pain

Avoiding rotator cuff problems

  • Avoid excessive unaccustomed activity with the hands above shoulder height e.g. doing tasks like painting the ceiling, hanging curtains and trimming the hedge in short periods of time
  • If you exercise, ensure you balance your training programme to incorporate strength work for all muscle groups
  • Take breaks from repetitive shoulder movements and heavy lifting

Avoiding acromioclavicular joint pain

  • Avoid excessive overhead activities

Avoiding frozen shoulder

  • Correct your posture - if you slouch, your ability to lift your arm above your head reduces by approximately 30 per cent. Sitting and standing in a good posture with your shoulders back will help your movement as well as prevent the tendons in your shoulder catching
  • Try not to slouch as this squashes all the structures in your shoulder against the ridge above the joint, causing pain and irritation

Avoiding referred shoulder pain

  • As with frozen shoulder, bad posture is the main cause of referred pain in your shoulder and often can be managed by merely improving your posture and keeping your neck moving

Avoiding osteoarthritis

  • Unfortunately osteoarthritis is a problem we will all have to deal with at some point in our lives. But if you keep yourself fit and active, correct your posture and keep your shoulder strong and flexible you can help to alleviate and manage your shoulder symptoms