Regaining Shoulder Range of Motion

Your shoulder is a very complex part of your anatomy, and when something happens to damage it, recovery can be very difficult. While the pain of the injury may subside relatively quickly, regaining your range of motion may be a long and grueling process. Your shoulder surgeon may recommend the following tactics.

Start ASAP

Whether or not you have had shoulder surgery, you will want to start your rehabilitation as soon as your shoulder surgeon or specialist has given you the approval to do so. The longer you wait to begin, the more likely it is that scar tissue has begun to build up in the damaged area. Not only will this add to your pain, but it can also impair your shoulder permanently and your range of motion may never be completely restored.

Be Diligent

When your shoulder surgeon provides a therapy plan, you need to do your very best to follow it daily. Attend every session on schedule and work hard at it. If you miss any or make half-hearted efforts during those you do attend, your results will fall far short of what you can achieve if you really commit to recovery. Don’t stop at physical therapy; make sure you are doing exercises at home too. Yes, it will hurt at times and will certainly not be a comfortable process, but your pain and discomfort will eventually diminish and disappear. The choices you make during your therapy period directly affect your end result.

Tips and Tricks

There are a few sneaky ways to get more out of your therapy, and you might be surprised by how easy this can be. For example, some of your shoulder exercises could be done laying down. By doing them that way, gravity is more help to you than hindrance. Exercising in a swimming pool can help by eliminating the pain caused by your arm’s weight on the shoulder joint. Applying hot wet cloths while performing your stretches will help the muscles stretch and extend further without additional effort on your part. Lastly, try using your good arm to support your bad one to get a bit further stretch without added pain.

Talk to your shoulder surgeon about these and other ways to improve your range of motion after an injury. With a little creativity and dedication, you can be back in the swing of things in no time.

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