The long-term changes that occur in and
around the shoulder joint as a result of everyday wear and tear cannot be
totally prevented. But you may be able to prevent some
rotator cuff disorders by:
Keeping the muscles in your shoulders flexible
and strong. Daily exercises to maintain strength and flexibility may be the
best defense against rotator cuff disorders.
Keeping good posture
at all times. Stand straight and relaxed, without slumping.
lifting objects that are too heavy for you, especially not over your head.
Not catching falling
Avoiding sports or other activities where forceful contact
or falls are likely or common.
Not keeping your arms out to the side or raised over your head
for long periods of time, such as when painting a ceiling. If you must do these
activities, take frequent breaks, ice your shoulder several times a day and at
night, and take a
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug to relieve any
swelling and pain in the tissues that are being pinched. Ask your doctor if it would be helpful to take an anti-inflammatory medicine
before activities that may stress your shoulder.
For more exercises you can do at home (with your doctor's approval), see: