PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
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If you've had a rotator cuff injury in the past, daily shoulder stretches and a shoulder-strengthening program can help prevent a recurrence. Especially important is a program of strength exercise to promote balanced strength about the shoulder. Most people exercise the front muscles of the chest, shoulder and upper arm, but it is equally important to strengthen the muscles in the back of the shoulder and around the shoulder blade.
If you are at risk of rotator cuff injuries — such as from having a job or hobby that requires repetitive shoulder motions — daily exercises can help prevent an injury. Your doctor or a physical therapist can help you plan an exercise routine.
To help prevent a rotator cuff injury:
- Do regular shoulder exercises
- Take frequent breaks at work if your job requires repetitive arm and shoulder motions
- Rest your shoulder regularly during sports that require repetitive arm use
- Apply cold packs and heat pads when you experience any shoulder pain or inflammation
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