Shoulder pain

Today shoulder pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders, with a prevalence ranging from 7% to 26%. The rotator cuff is implicated as a cause in approximately 70% of patients, such as subacromial shoulder bursitis. Subsequent pain and functional difficulties can impact daily activities, including the ability to work and engage in sports and leisure activities. For a significant proportion of patients, it is not a self-limiting or short-lived problem, since more than 40% of people report continuous or recurrent symptoms 12 months after their onset.

New trends in post-injury treatments are observed every day. But no one has stopped to think about the fact that many of these injuries can be prevented. And what would be the best way to prevent shoulder pain? The etiology of rotator cuff tendinopathy is incomplete. What is certain is that there is an opinion/model accepted by science that refers to excessive demand on the tendon, such as a repeated load over time or a load above what it can withstand, which causes a non-adaptability of this tendon. to adapt to the demands of your environment. This can be a triggering factor.

So the best way to prevent shoulder pain is by exercising. There is no exact formula to ensure 100% injury-free, depending on each case and situation the exercise program varies. There are several types of prevention programs, such as those for gaining strength, stretching, eccentrics… To find out what type of program should be carried out, it is always recommended to consult a specialist in this field, be it a physical trainer or a physiotherapist.


Personalized physical exercise programs

The programs most used in athletes are those to improve muscle strength, focusing on the agonist-antagonist muscles and stabilizers to protect the joint. In the case of the shoulder joint complex, working the rotator muscles is essential, since they are responsible for recentering and stabilizing the joint. For this, the elastic bands or Thera Band are a simple and effective tool with a low cost, they provide different degrees of resistance so that progression or regression is very easy to carry.

For less active people, there is a wide variety of exercises that are proposed depending on the objective sought. If what is sought is to increase the joint range, stretching will be recommended, on the other hand, if there is pain when moving, isometrics will be the most appropriate. But in general, exercise programs tend to be combined, so the most important thing for an exercise routine is that it be personalized, combined, and progressive.

With TRAK, the physiotherapist can create personalized exercise programs in less than a minute, being able to create programs that progress in difficulty based on the evolution of the patient. The treatment cycle that is recommended to offer the highest quality service to the patient is based on three main processes; personalization, measurement and tracking and progression. Once we carry out the assessment of the patient’s functional status, it is recommended to create personalized programs that meet the needs of the patient.

Next, we should control the follow-up of the prescribed treatment and, if possible, have a measurement of the evolution of the patient session after session. And finally, we must act based on the results analyzed in the measurement of the patients, in the case of a correct evolution, it is recommended that there be a progression and combination in the prescribed exercise routine. Learn more here:

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