Your shoulders play a role in many activities, from getting dressed in the morning to working out at the gym. Once you’ve injured your shoulder, appropriate rest and treatment can help you get back to your daily activities with ease.
Going about those activities — especially exercise — in a smart and safe way is important, however.
Board-certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon Dr. Stephen Fisher and his team at offices in Cumming, Buford, and Braselton, Georgia, provide orthopedic treatment for shoulder injuries of all types and severities.
Read on to learn more about these injuries, including helpful versus potentially harmful activities while you’re recovering.
A wide variety of injuries can affect your shoulder, including acute, or sudden, injuries and gradual injuries fueled by overuse. And while playing contact sports, such as football, increases your risk, you can also injure your shoulder by taking a spill or moving it awkwardly.
Some of the most common shoulder injuries and conditions we see in our office are:
Acute injuries, like fractures, often require immediate treatment to bring you relief and stave off complications. Gradual problems, such as osteoarthritis, are best treated early on as well.
While your symptoms may seem milder in the early stages, prompt care can help slow down the progression.
Getting active again after your shoulder injury can help you restore strength, flexibility, and normal movement. At the same time, you don’t want to rush it. Too much activity before your shoulder is ready can lead to additional pain and injury.
Once you’re approved for exercise, Dr. Fisher can recommend a conditioning program or refer you to a physical therapist. In general, a conditioning program after a shoulder injury lasts about 4-6 weeks, depending on factors like the severity of your injury and whether you had surgery.
Once approved, your activities may include:
While you’re becoming more active, avoid exercises that may worsen your healing injury, such as deadlifts and squats with weights.
To learn more about shoulder injuries and exercise or to get the treatment you need, call the office nearest you or book an appointment through our website today.