Often, conservative treatments of rest, ice, anti-inflammatories along with physical therapy can rehabilitate an injury and prevent surgery. Seeking care early can keep the injury from getting worse. Physical therapy can help strengthen rotator cuff muscles, train you to avoid potentially harmful positions, and determine when it is appropriate for you to return to your normal activities.
As part of our “5 for 2015″ series, below are five shoulder strengthening exercises you can do with a resistance band. The bands come in a variety of sizes, lengths, and strengths and it is recommended you consult with a health care professional to determine the correct one for you. Best of all, this portable exercise equipment is easily stored, making it ideal for use at home, when traveling, or at the gym. At home or if traveling the bands can be secured through a closed door. Knot the band in the middle and place it on the opposite side of the door. Make sure it is securely in place before beginning.
If you are not use to doing these exercises, it is best to begin slowly, doing each for just 10 seconds. Try to do 2 or 3 sets a few times per week and gradually increase the time.