Hi everyone, I see lots of patients with shoulder problems, ranging from rotator cuff injury or tears, to shoulder impingement, to adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) and after lots of different types of shoulder surgeries. From the physical therapy perspective one of the most important things for shoulder rehab is proper sequencing for strengthening the shoulder. Most people get this backwards or don’t get it at all. Its important to do the shoulder rehab process in a 3 step process.
Shoulder strengthening exercises for shoulder injury and pain
First focus on strengthening your scapular stabilizers (shoulder blade and upper back muscles). Your scapular stabilizers are your base and if the base is not strong the extension or your arm will never work well. Remember the foundation comes first followed by everything else.
Second group to strengthen is your rotator cuff muscles. Rotator cuff is made up of your supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and the subscapularis muscle. These small muscles keep your shoulder joint in the right place and give it dynamic stability.
Third and final group to strengthen are your big guns – the lats, pec, and deltoids. These are larger muscles used for gross movements and strength.
In this video I am focusing on scapular stabilizers the first group. In addition to strengthening, these exercises build motor control of these muscles. These exercises when done right can be very effective for shoulder injury or shoulder pain.
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This video is for educational purposes only. Please consult with you physician or physical therapist before starting any exercise program or trying any of the recommendations mentioned in this video.