Shoulder Injury Prevention

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute is pleased to offer shoulder injury prevention for patients in and around the D.C. region. Our experienced physicians offer you the comprehensive care you need for an effective recovery from shoulder injuries, as well as the steps you need to take to prevent future injuries. Our doctors are fellowship-trained and specialize exclusively in caring for upper extremity joint conditions and injuries.

Are shoulder injuries preventable?

Anyone can suffer a shoulder injury, but those who have had prior shoulder injuries or shoulder dislocations are especially prone to future shoulder problems. Whether you’ve had a history of shoulder problems or not, it is important to practice injury prevention. Before hitting the greens, tennis court, or swimming pools, consider these tips to help prevent shoulder injuries:

Practice Proper Technique

Learn and practice the proper technique for your sport. Shoulder pain often originates from an improper technique. Always ensure that you understand the fundamentals of how to properly perform overhead movements before beginning a new sport. Even if you don’t feel pain during the activity, improper technique can result in serious problems over time.

Ease into Exercise

Warm up with light activity such as jogging in place or jumping rope for several minutes. Then stretch your shoulders and the other muscles you’ll be using. Try this shoulder stretch:

Lace your fingers together, and then push your arms over your head with your palms facing up. Hold 15 seconds. Repeat 5-10 times.

Be certain to always stretch both before and after you’ve finished exercising to keep your muscles from shortening and cramping.

Strengthen Your Muscles and Stabilize Your Core

Building the muscles in your wrists, arms, neck, and back helps protect your shoulders. When the muscles surrounding the shoulder are strong, there’s less stress on the shoulder itself. In addition, it’s important to have a stable core, as your core provides support for your shoulder.

Don’t Ignore the Symptoms of a Shoulder Injury

If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing a shoulder injury:

  • Chronic shoulder pain
  • Painful popping, clicking or catching in the shoulder
  • Weakness or instability in the shoulder
  • Pain when you lift your arm over your head or make a throwing motion
  • Decreased range of motion in the arm

Never ignore pain or try to continue playing a sport through a shoulder injury. Doing so can aggravate the condition and cause more problems. See a doctor if symptoms persist or if your pain is severe.

What are the benefits of shoulder injury prevention?

If you suspect you have suffered a shoulder injury or have previously suffered an injury and want to learn more about prevention, visit a shoulder expert at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our shoulder specialists offer a wide range of shoulder injury treatments that may offer you the following benefits:

  • Improved shoulder strength and balance
  • Improved shoulder stability
  • Lowered risk of shoulder injury
  • Improved range of motion

 

If you have suffered a shoulder injury or shoulder instability, you may benefit from shoulder injury prevention. Call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience treating a wide range of shoulder conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive shoulder injury prevention and care in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our Specialists

Shoulder & Elbow

Brent Bowie Wiesel, MD

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean

Sports Medicine

Evan H. Argintar, MD
Evan H. Argintar, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Emmanuel Asare O Atiemo, MD

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Vestinia P. Bridges, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Wiemi Abell Douoguih, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Daniel Mark Hampton, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
David Charles Johnson, MD

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
John A. Kuri, II, MD
John A. Kuri, II, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Carter Wallace Mitchell, MD

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
William Postma, MD
William Postma, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean
Steven James Svoboda, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Mitchellville
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Melissa Ann Yadao, MD
Melissa Ann Yadao, MD
Sports Medicine
PhonePhone: 866-767-1682

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge

General Orthopedics

John P. Byrne, MD
John P. Byrne, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Bruce Robert Knolmayer, MD
Bruce Robert Knolmayer, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Kevin McMahon, MD
Kevin McMahon, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
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