The use of your shoulders, while working out is almost inevitable. This article attempts to show you how shoulder pain affects you, how it can affect your workouts, what you can do about the pain, and how to adjust your workout to help alleviate the pain and help you heal properly.
If you are experiencing shoulder pain, you should understand a few basic things before you begin a workout. Pain is your body telling you that something is not right, and if left untreated, can lead to much larger problems over the course of time. Pay attention to what your body is telling you, and never try to “work through” the pain.
First determine whether the area is sore from a workout, or if something worse might be going on. A good way to do this is to allow your shoulder a good few days to let any torn or sore muscles to heal properly. If the pain is sharp or aching, or it keeps you up at night, this can be a sign of a more serious problem.
Many people injure their shoulders during workouts because of a couple issues. One of the major issues is not allowing their bodies the proper conditioning. Maybe you used to work out, years ago, and you try to jump back in, where you left off. This can cause major damage, as your body may not be ready for such an intense workout.
The second most common mistake that can lead to serious injury while working out, is improper form. Overhead lifting, overhead presses, neck presses, neck pulldowns, these all have a great potential if using improper form, to lead to shoulder injury. If you are a beginner, or if you have not done the workout for some time, it is recommended to work with a trainer or someone who can coach you on keeping proper form, in order to avoid an injury.
If you are experiencing shoulder pain, and it is keeping you up at night or continues to cause pain or weakness in the shoulder, you may have a larger issue that you should see a doctor about as soon as possible. If you do not seek treatment for your injury, you can prolong the amount of time it takes it to heal properly. It can be difficult to determine the level of injury if you are not a doctor, and they can help you determine whether it is a structural issue like a torn rotator cuff, and what to do about it.
You can protect yourself from shoulder injuries when working out by following a few simple guidelines. Ask a doctor before you begin a new workout routine, they can be instrumental in helping you avoid injury in all aspects of your workout. They can also give you great advice on the diet, and eating habits you should follow, to allow your body to heal and recover properly.
Another thing you can do, to prevent yourself from a shoulder or any other injury, is work with a professional. Get a personal trainer or someone who can properly coach you on form. Also stretching, and warming up before workouts is very important when it comes to avoiding serious injury.
If you do sustain an injury to your shoulder, you should modify your workouts to focus on muscle groups that will not cause any more strain to the area. For instance, focus on legs, abs, and cardiovascular exercises. Anything that will not cause further injury to your shoulder. If the pain persists, do not simply try to ignore it and hope it will get better, seek medical attention.