With the warmer weather, you may desire to get out and enjoy outdoor activities like swimming, golf or beach volleyball. These activities can be strenuous on your shoulders. Overuse can lead to injury and pain. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, there are a few things you can do to ease your symptoms, so you can enjoy more time with your family and friends doing the things you love. Here are three tips to help you deal with shoulder pain this summer.
Stretch and Ease Into Exercise
Before engaging in any strenuous activity, you may want to stretch your shoulders. This can help loosen muscles to relieve shoulder pain. Stretching can also increase range of motion and flexibility to prevent injury from overuse. Before you engage in exercise or other activity, start slow and increase the duration and intensity to prevent injury. Include exercises that focus on building your rotator cuff and deltoid muscles.
Use Cold Packs
If you experience shoulder pain this summer, it is vital that you rest to allow your body to heal. You can use cold packs to help decrease swelling and inflammation in order to relieve pain. These cold packs should be applied in 15-minute intervals every three to four hours to prevent skin and tissue damage.
Consider Physical Therapy
Persistent shoulder pain can be relieved with physical therapy. This hands-on treatment helps to loosen soft tissues in muscles and around joints. If you need surgery, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend physical therapy as part of your treatment plan. You can also receive education from a physical therapist on proper movement and posture along with stretching and strengthening exercises to restore mobility.
Effective Shoulder Pain Relief
If you are still experiencing shoulder pain despite your best efforts to get relief, you may want to consult with an experienced medical professional. You may need orthopedic surgery if the injury is severe. Dr. Steven Struhl is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder injuries and conditions. During a consultation appointment, Dr. Struhl can recommend the best treatment option to help you relieve your pain quickly so you can enjoy the rest of your summer. Call to make an appointment today.