When to comes to a shoulder injury a person needs to be very cautious when continuing their fitness program. Whatever type of action that you did to injure this area of the body, it needs to be paid attention to in order for it to heal, be strengthened and to keep it strong to avoid injury.
A common injury in the shoulder is when you irritate, tear or pull one or more of the rotator cuff muscles. A great sign that one of these tiny muscles is injured is when it hurts to put your arm over your head, it hurts to scratch the back or your head, it is very uncomfortable or even painful when you sleep, and just reaching for objects in front of you create a shearing pain.
You will probably end up going to physical therapy for this in most cases, but when someone tears this area of the shoulder, surgery is sometimes the answer. Even with surgery, you still will be able to get back to doing your exercises, sports, etc. What you need to do in the future after you have recovered is to continue to do the exercises that you learned in physical therapy and practice those at home or in the fitness gym. If you are working with a Portland personal trainer in your area, make sure the physical therapists writes down your exercise prescription so the fitness professional can add those exercises into your current routine.
The rule of thumb is that you want to always keep your shoulder girdle strong and you need to start performing exercises that are not going to put any shearing forces on this part of your body. There are a lot of bad habits that you can create when performing resistance exercises, and a lot of us are guilty of this. Exercises such as the behind the neck lat pull-down is extremely bad for our shoulder, but a lot of people still do them. In addition, individuals who like to bring the bench press barbell to their chest, when they really only need to bring it down to 90 degrees is another way to really straining not only your chest muscle, but possible the biceps tendon, anterior deltoids and some of the rotator cuff muscles.
That is why working with a professional fitness expert is so crucial. Whether you are working with your physical therapist or your Portland personal trainer, both will help guide you through safe and effective exercises that will get you to your goals, but with correct bio-mechanics.