The long-term changes that occur in and
around the shoulder joint because of everyday wear and tear cannot be
totally prevented. But you may be able to prevent some
rotator cuff problems if you:
- Keep the muscles in your shoulders flexible
and strong. Daily exercises to maintain strength and flexibility may be the
best defense against rotator cuff disorders.
- Have good posture
at all times. Stand straight and relaxed, without slumping.
- Don't lift objects that are too heavy for you—especially over your head.
- Don't catch falling
- Avoid sports or other activities where forceful contact
or falls are likely or common.
- Don't keep 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
- Take frequent breaks, and ice your shoulder several times a day and at
- Take a
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug to relieve any
swelling and pain in the tissues that are being pinched. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
- Ask your doctor if it would be helpful to take an anti-inflammatory medicine
before activities that may stress your shoulder.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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