Be Kind to Your Cuff
Because our shoulders are flexible joints that have a wide range of motion, people who play sports such as swimming, tennis and baseball can be prone to shoulder pain and injury. A common shoulder injury, according to Steve A. Petersen, MD, shoulder surgeon with MedStar Orthopaedic Institute* at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, is damage to the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is made up of tendons and muscles that hold your shoulder together. “Your rotator cuff enables you to lift your arms and reach over your head,” says Dr. Petersen. “When the shoulder is overused, rotator cuff tendons can become inflamed or tear.”
Consider these tips to help prevent shoulder injuries:
- Learn the proper techniques that are hard on your shoulders.
- Ease into exercise and remember to warm up with light activity.
- Strengthen your shoulder area. Build up the muscles in your wrists, arms, neck and back to protect your shoulders.
“Don’t try to play through a shoulder injury because doing so can aggravate the problem,” Dr. Petersen adds. “A shoulder specialist can help diagnose where the pain is coming from and begin treatment.”
* = MedStar Orthopaedic Institute brings together the expertise of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, The Curtis National Hand Center and more than twenty community locations, giving you convenient access to the area's top orthopaedic, sports medicine and spine care. Click here or call 877-34-ORTHO for an appointment.