Rotator Cuff Tear Consultation

Your Rotator Cuff Tear Consultation: Frequently Asked Questions

If you have been diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear, you will likely have a lot of questions regarding the condition and its treatment. Prior to any treatment being offered, a consultation will first need to be undertaken.

This offers you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the treatment method. The surgeon will also be able to discuss the injury and advise you on the best course of treatment moving forward.

Here, we’ll answer some of the frequently asked questions about rotator cuff tear consultations. This should give you an idea of what to expect and what to ask during your consultation.

Is there any difference between an open and arthroscopic repair?

There are two surgical methods that can be used to treat rotator cuff tears. These include open and arthroscopic repair. The arthroscopic approach results in a smaller incision site. However, it works on the exact same tissues as the open procedure. A small camera is inserted to allow the surgeon to see what they are doing. The entire repair is carried out without having to open the entire shoulder area.

Open surgery, on the other hand, creates a much larger incision and opens up the area. This results in a longer recovery process.

Is there an alternative to shoulder surgery?

Prior to surgery being carried out, the surgeon will always attempt to rectify the problem via alternative methods. This includes physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and injections. Not all rotator cuff tears require surgery, it just depends upon the severity of the tear and whether alternative methods have worked to clear it up.

Will I need to wear a sling after the surgery?

If you do undergo surgery, you will need to wear a sling for a period of four to six weeks. This will depend upon the size of your rotator cuff tear and how extensive the surgery was. The sling will need to be worn at all times and you may also be required to wear a small foam cushion placed between the arm and the body.

Always follow the surgeon’s advice regarding proper use of the sling to aid your recovery.

Will I need to attend physical therapy?

You will generally be required to attend physical therapy. This helps to aid the recovery process and improve motion within the arm and shoulder. You will typically need to start attending physical therapy appointments six weeks after the surgery.

How long will it take to recover?

The recovery process from rotator cuff surgery can be quite long. If you have undergone an arthroscopic procedure, you can expect the recovery to last a few months. If you have undergone open shoulder surgery, however, you may need to wait six months for the shoulder to heal. Your surgeon will be able to tell you how long your individual recovery is expected to take.

These are just some of the most frequently asked questions regarding rotator cuff tear repair. Remember, the consultation is your chance to find out as much about the procedure and recovery as you can.

During the current COVID-19 crisis, all non-urgent / elective surgery bookings and appointments are postponed, but the London Shoulder Specialists are still available for consultation. Consultations can be carried out either by telephone or video link.

Appointments can be arranged by emailing appointments@fortiusclinic.com or by calling 020 3195 2442.

Calcific Tendonitis Treatment

New Study Finds Calcific Tendonitis in the Shoulder Can Predict Rotator Cuff Tears

A new study published within the Arthroscopy journal, has revealed calcific tendonitis in the shoulder could predict a rotator cuff tear. Researchers were trying to determine whether calcific tendonitis could protect the shoulder from a rotator cuff tear, or whether it was an indicator of the condition.

Here, we’ll look at what the latest study revealed and the link between calcific tendonitis rotator cuff tears.

The results of the study

The new study analysed 318 shoulders which had calcific tendonitis. Researchers looked at the charts of the patients from a single clinic dating from January 2010 to April 2017.

MRI and anteroposterior radiographic studies were reviewed by a radiologist. They looked for the size, morphology and the distance calcific tendonitis was away from the rotator cuff insertion. They also looked for any signs of a rotator cuff tear. A second radiologist then confirmed the results.

It was discovered that 56% of calcific tendonitis cases in the shoulder also had a rotator cuff tear. Out of the 177 rotator cuff tears, 164 of them were partial thickness tears, while 13 were total thickness tears. It was determined that rotator cuff tears associated with calcific tendonitis had an odds ratio of 1.8.

What is calcific tendonitis?

Calcific tendonitis is the build-up of hydroxyapatite on the tendons surrounding the rotator cuff. It tends to be much more common in women than it does men and tends to affect those aged between 30 and 60 years of age.

The condition can cause intense pain around the shoulder which can either be long-lasting or intermittent. This is caused by the body’s inflammatory response to the reabsorption of calcification. The cause of the condition isn’t known, though there is an increased risk for those who have Diabetes and thyroid gland dysfunction.

Sometimes, the condition can cause it to feel like the shoulder is catching. This is a very similar sign of shoulder impingement, making it sometimes difficult to diagnose first time around.

Understanding rotator cuff tears

Out of all shoulder injuries, rotator cuff tears are the most common. It can have a significant impact on your daily life and prove to be extremely painful. They are largely caused by degeneration of the tendon and muscles associated with age. However, they can also occur due to injury caused by an accident or trauma.

Signs of a rotator cuff tear include a stabbing or dragging pain within the shoulder. The pain tends to worsen at night, making it difficult for the patient to sleep. Moving the arm to the side or forwards will be extremely difficult and it will have a significant impact on the quality of life.

If you are experiencing shoulder pain, it is important to get the problem looked at as soon as possible. The longer a shoulder injury is left untreated, the worse it becomes. If you suspect you may have calcific tendonitis or a rotator cuff tear, book a consultation with a shoulder specialist to receive an accurate diagnosis.

During the current COVID-19 crisis, all non-urgent / elective surgery bookings and appointments are postponed, but the London Shoulder Specialists are still available for consultation.

Consultations can be carried out either by telephone or video link.

Appointments can be arranged by emailing appointments@fortiusclinic.com or by calling 020 3195 2442.

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What to expect at your shoulder surgery consultation

The unique and complex anatomy of the shoulder joint means it has the greatest range of motion, but also makes it most susceptible to repetitive injuries, ageing and stress. Most problems in the shoulder involve the muscles, ligaments and tendons rather than the bone.

Shoulder pain can be the result of a number of conditions, including trauma to the shoulder, rotator cuff damage, tears to the glenoid labrum, acromioclavicular (AC) joint injury, frozen shoulder or instability and dislocation.

Many shoulder injuries can be addressed at home through RICE method – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation – but you should arrange a consultation with a shoulder specialist if you’re experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Your shoulder joint looks swollen and deformed
  • Intense pain around the shoulder
  • Inability to move the shoulder or perform normal activities
  • Audible popping or cracking sound
  • Shooting pain down the arm
  • Numbness or weakness in the arm or hand

During your shoulder surgery consultation, your London Shoulder Specialist will take a full medical history. In particular, assessing the degree of pain, loss of function and sleep disturbance you’re experiencing. Details of your symptoms and your lifestyle – sporting activities you enjoy regularly or type of employment – will guide the diagnosis.

They will also discuss any other treatments you’ve undergone and perform a physical examination to assess the range of motion and strength in the shoulder.

If required, your London Shoulder Specialist will order imaging tests. X-rays do not show the soft tissues but can be used to identify changes in the shoulder blade shape, bone spurs or fractures. An X-ray can assess wear or tear of the ball and socket or collar bone which would indicate osteoarthritis. An ultrasound can reveal tears in the tendons or impingement. At that point, you may require an MRI which will deliver a much clearer image of the soft tissues.

Questions to ask your shoulder surgeon during your consultation

Important areas to cover include whether surgery is the right choice for you at this time and what you can expect if you don’t choose to go ahead with surgery. You can also ask about the surgeon’s own experience, including success rates and possible complications.

  1. Is surgery my best option?
  2. Are my expectations from surgery realistic?
  3. What are the alternatives treatment options?
  4. If I delay surgery at this time, what are the implications in terms of function and pain?
  5. What is the recovery like after shoulder surgery?
  6. What complications can I expect after this surgery and how will these be managed?
  7. How many of these procedures have you performed and what are your success rates?
  8. Where will the operation be carried out?

To arrange a shoulder surgery consultation with the London Shoulder Specialists, call us on 020 3195 2442 or email appointments@fortiusclinic.com. Although all non-urgent / elective surgery bookings and appointments are postponed at the moment, we are still available for consultation either by telephone or video link.

Preparing for shoulder surgery

Preparing for shoulder surgery

As our nation’s healthcare resources are directed to handle the Coronavirus crisis, the result has meant a complete suspension of all private, elective surgery following the agreement formed last month between the NHS and the independent sector to reallocate the latter’s hospital capacity to NHS use.

The NHS has also understandably now cancelled all routine operations for the next three months, leaving many patients in limbo waiting to undergo much-needed surgery. However, even though there is now some uncertainty over when your shoulder operation may take place, it’s never too early to start ‘PreHabing’ before your operation.

PreHab encompasses all the same aspects of your post-surgery rehabilitation programme, touching on elements of nutrition, exercise and pain management, but you should embark on PreHab in advance of your surgery to ensure optimal recovery and the ultimate success of your procedure.

Ideally, you should have at least a few months pre-procedure to get in the best possible health. Some lifestyle factors that increase your surgical risk, such as smoking or being overweight, should be addressed as early as possible for you to experience the benefits.

1. Lose weight

The impact of carrying extra weight on your hip and knee joint is self-evident, but it can also cause shoulder pain, with normal range of motion diminished by nearly 40%, causing increased wear and tear.

A recent study also found that the higher the patient’s BMI, the more chance of post-surgical complications, including the need for revision surgery.

2. Quit smoking

 Stopping smoking in advance of rotator cuff tear or labral repair is probably one of the most important things you can do to improve your chances of surgical success – in fact, some believe that smoking may be the most important factor in your risk of developing complications after shoulder surgery, which can include infection, poor wound healing or less than satisfactory results.

This is supported by a number of studies, including a 2018 report into smoking and arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, published in the British Medical Journal Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, that found that although smokers will still benefit from surgery, they tend to present with larger tears and had a worse initial outcome and a lower functional improvement after surgery.

3. Address health concerns

 Not all shoulder surgery patients present with a secondary health condition, but diabetes can increase your risk of tendon damage, particularly rotator cuff tears. Tendon damage in type 1 and type 2 diabetes is the result of an accelerated production of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) that affect the structure of tendons and how they perform. Raised blood sugar levels can also affect your healing post-procedure, so addressing your diet during your PreHab can help you keep your blood sugar levels down.

 4. Start moving

 Although PreHab encompasses diet and other lifestyle factors, exercise is probably one of the most important aspects. Before any joint procedure, including shoulder surgery, improving the strength, flexibility and range of motion in the muscles that support the joint is essential. A quicker healing process post-procedure can be the direct result of the work you put in beforehand.

For more advice on how best to prepare for shoulder surgery, call us on 020 3195 2442 or email appointments@fortiusclinic.com. Although all non-urgent / elective surgery bookings and appointments are postponed at the moment, the London Shoulder Specialists are still available for consultation either by telephone or video link.

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MRI Can Predict Shoulder Stiffness After Rotator Cuff Tear

A new study has shown that an MRI could predict shoulder stiffness in patients with rotator cuff tears. There were two important findings discovered through the study, which is the first of its kind to identify joint capsule abnormality as a factor within shoulder stiffness after a rotator cuff tear.

Here, we’ll look at the study in more detail and why its findings are important for patients.

Understanding the study

The study, carried out in Korea, assessed 106 patients who had small to large full-thickness rotator cuff tears. They also had axillary recess thickness, alongside joint capsule oedema. The researchers looked at the degree of retraction, obliteration of the subcoracoid fat triangle and the fatty degeneration of the torn muscle.

An operative report and MRI findings determined the tear location and size. They also looked at the links between the MRI findings and preoperative passive range of motion. It was discovered that fatty degeneration was a predictor of a limited range of movement in terms of internal rotation. It was also discovered that males with posterosuperior rotator cuff tears were a predictor of shoulder range of movement on external rotation.

The most significant finding, however, was that there appeared to be a negative linear correlation between a limited range of movement in forward elevation and the joint capsule thickness in the glenoid area. There was also a correlation between the joint capsule oedema in the humeral area and external rotation.

Shoulder stiffness linked to reduced risk of re-tear

Interestingly, another study has shown that patients who experience shoulder stiffness after rotator cuff surgery, experience a reduced risk of a re-tear. However, this only applied to patients who experienced stiffness at six and twelve weeks after the operation.

Compared to those who experienced no stiffness at all, patients experienced a reduced re-tear rate. They were also found to have better outcomes after six months. It also showed that those who went into the surgery with already stiff shoulders were more likely to experience stiffness after the procedure too.

Why the new research is important for patients?

The newest study in Korea is important as it highlights the potential benefits of using MRI to detect and treat patients with rotator cuff tears. Shoulder stiffness is said to affect up to 40% of patients who experience a rotator cuff tear.

Now, surgeons and shoulder specialists know that the recess of the armpit and joint capsule swelling can be used as an indicator for frozen shoulder. If they can identify the risks of a frozen shoulder, they will be better able to treat the patient.

Losing motion in the shoulder after surgery can significantly impact quality of life. Therefore, having early access to the right treatments to improve the range of motion is important. MRI scanning is a simple and effective way to help identify the risks and generate a treatment plan early.

If you have further questions for the London Shoulder Specialists, call 0203 195 2442.

shoulder arthritis in younger patients

Don’t Shrug Off Shoulder Pain: Treating Shoulder Arthritis in Younger Patients

Shoulder arthritis is most commonly associated with old age. However, did you know it can also present in younger patients too? UK star Paddy McGuinness has revealed his struggle with arthritis since he was diagnosed aged 45. He has recently undergone surgery to correct his right shoulder after suffering from arthritis symptoms for years.

While it’s common for patients, particularly younger ones, to hold off seeking treatment for shoulder pain, it is crucial early treatment is sought. Here, we’ll look at shoulder arthritis in younger patients and the treatment options available.

Understanding shoulder arthritis in younger patients

Treating older patients with shoulder arthritis has typically been a lot easier for surgeons than treating younger patients with the condition. This is because they know a shoulder arthroplasty will work well in older patients. However, for younger patients, they aren’t typically known to be good candidates for the procedure. That is, until additional research was carried out into arthroplasty for younger patients.

Could joint replacement surgery be key?

A new study has shown that joint replacement surgery can help to relieve pain and improve mobility in the shoulder in patients 50 and younger. The study followed 23 patients, all younger than 50, who underwent arthroplasties between 1986 and 2005. They also looked at 10 patients who simply underwent a humeral head replacement. All reported chronic shoulder pain caused by arthritis.

The results of the study showed that after joint replacement surgery, the patients had significantly lower pain, alongside improved motion. Both partial and full replacement of the joint showed great success in younger patients. This shows surgeons the benefits of the surgery in patients who would previously have been considered as unsuitable for the procedure.

A full joint replacement or humeral head replacement?

While the full joint replacement has shown great results in reduced pain and improved motion, in younger patients there are some concerns over its longevity. The implants used don’t always withstand a lot of wear and tear. This means, younger patients who want to return to an active lifestyle may find it causes issues with full joint replacement. They are known to loosen over time and cause reduced function in younger patients.

The alternative is to undergo humeral head replacement. This too showed great results in the small study. It would result in a better range of motion and reduced pain, without risking the glenoid from loosening with activity.

What other treatment options are available?

Surgery is the only real treatment option available for shoulder arthritis in younger patients. It is known to worsen over time, meaning treatment should be sought quickly.

That being said, if the arthritis isn’t too severe, it could be treated with physical therapy initially. Some exercises can improve the range of motion. Relief may also be felt through certain anti-inflammatory medications.

Overall, this new research proves promising in the treatment of shoulder arthritis in younger patients. As it is a chronic condition, treatment should be sought as early as possible to prevent it from worsening and causing more significant pain and loss of motion.

If you’re concerned you are suffering from shoulder arthritis, call  0203 195 2442 to arrange a consultation at the London Shoulder Specialists.

shoulder impingement

Is My Shoulder Pain a Sign of Shoulder Impingement?

Sometimes referred to as swimmers’ shoulder, shoulder impingement is a common and painful condition. The trouble is, it can easily be overlooked, particularly in athletes and those who like to hit the gym frequently. Shoulder pain is often considered a normal part of exercise and training. So, how do you know whether or not you’re actually suffering from shoulder impingement?

Here, you’ll discover more about shoulder impingement and the symptoms it presents. We will also reveal the treatment options available and whether it can be prevented.

What is shoulder impingement?

Shoulder impingement is typically caused by the bursa or tendons rubbing against the blade of the shoulder. It tends to occur due to overuse and worsens over time if left untreated. As the bursa or tendons continuously rub against the shoulder blade, it caused inflammation and pain. It also leads the bursa or tendons to become trapped or compressed when the arm is lifted overhead.

Understanding the symptoms of shoulder impingement

Like all shoulder injuries, the main symptom you’ll feel with shoulder impingement is pain. Specifically, you’ll find it difficult to raise your arm past your shoulder. You’ll also experience pain when reaching your arm behind your back.

Alongside pain, other shoulder impingement symptoms include:

  • Stiffness and throbbing
  • Aching
  • Loss of strength
  • Difficulty using the shoulder

It isn’t uncommon to experience stiffness and throbbing. Patients have often referred to the pain experienced as more of a toothache type pain. Even when resting the arm, you may also find it aches a lot, and there may be a loss of strength in the shoulder.

As the condition worsens over time, you’ll start to have difficulty using the shoulder and the strength in the arm will decrease further.

Is shoulder impingement preventable?

While it isn’t always possible to prevent shoulder impingement, there are some measures you can take to reduce your chances of developing it.

Building up the strength in your shoulders is a good idea, particularly if you’ll be using them frequently in a competitive sport environment. You’ll also want to make sure you warm up correctly before exercising.

Ensuring you’re using the correct techniques for the sport you’re competing in will also help. Then finally, giving the shoulders adequate rest between exercise is crucial.

How is shoulder impingement treated?

If you suspect you are suffering from shoulder impingement, it’s important to seek a diagnosis as quickly as possible. The earlier it is spotted, the easier it will be to treat. To start, anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy may be recommended for mild cases.

Ultrasound-guided injections may also be used and combined with physiotherapy before surgery is considered. If non-invasive treatments don’t work, surgery may be recommended. Here, the surgeon will widen the area around the rotator cuff to prevent any friction. If a rotator cuff tear is identified, surgery may also be required to repair that too.

There are many different potential causes of shoulder pain, but if you experience pain using overhead movements, it could point to shoulder impingement. Book a consultation today to get to the cause of your shoulder pain and identify the best treatment method to resolve it.

swimmers shoulder

Swimmers Shoulder Common in More than 75% of Swimmers

New research has revealed that over 75% of swimmers suffer from swimmers’ shoulder. It is believed that heavy training is the leading cause of injury, followed closely by a ‘no pain no gain’ philosophy.

Here, we’ll look at the most recent research and its findings, alongside what swimmers’ shoulder is and how it can be prevented.

What is swimmers shoulder?

Swimmers shoulder is a term given to numerous shoulder injuries sustained during swimming. They are typically experienced due to overuse of the joint and cause varying level of pain.

When you swim, the shoulder joint is placed under a lot of strain. It is put through a lot of different motions, each of which can cause a different type of overuse injury. While the shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the body, it isn’t the most stable. This means injuries due to overuse are common.

What did the research reveal?

The recent research into swimmers’ shoulder published within the American Academy of Paediatrics, revealed that the distance swam by competitive swimmers played a key role in shoulder injury.

The team assessed youth club and high school swimmers at a competitive level. They discovered many of the children were suffering with shoulder pain, linked to how far they swam each day. They also discovered that the children believed pain was a natural part of swimming competitively.

It was also revealed that swimmers’ clubs had more children who suffered from shoulder pain compared to high school teams. This seems to link to the fact that swimming clubs cover more distance and more frequent training sessions.

A total of 150 children were assessed in the study. It discovered that 76.7% had experienced shoulder pain over the past year. A staggering 66% of them also revealed that they felt they should tolerate milder shoulder pain if they want to succeed. Half of those questioned also said they knew a competitor who relied upon pain medication.

Those who reported pain tended to swim 2,001 to 6,322 yards per training session. Those who experienced no pain swam a total of 1,568 to 3,513 yards per session.

Is swimmers shoulder preventable?

The research shows two things that could help prevent swimmers’ shoulder. The first is the attitude towards shoulder pain. Young athletes need to understand the seriousness of shoulder pain and the conditions it can link to. Once pain is experienced, adequate rest of the shoulder should be provided.

Another way that swimmers can reduce their risk is to avoid overtraining. Carrying out strengthening exercises will ensure the muscles of the shoulder are better equipped to handle the strain they are placed under. Keeping an eye on the distance they cover in each session will also help.

However, it isn’t always possible to prevent swimmers’ shoulder. If an injury does occur, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. This will prevent extensive time away from the pool and also stop the injury from worsening.

Gender and rotator cuff repair

Gender Differences Revealed in Rotator Cuff Repair Recovery

There are numerous treatments available to treat issues with the shoulder. One of the most common procedures carried out on patients is rotator cuff repair. Now, research has revealed that gender can play a role in the outcome of the surgery.

Here, we’ll look at what the new research has revealed and other factors that can impact the success rate of the procedure.

What is rotator cuff repair?

Rotator cuff repair is a surgical procedure which aims to repair torn tendons within the shoulder. There are two main methods that can be used, including open incisions and shoulder arthroscopy. The latter tends to be the preferred method, particularly for mild to moderate tears.

The procedure is typically carried out under general anaesthetic and the method will depend upon the severity of the injury. In a typical procedure, the tendons are re-attached to the bone using small anchors, which have sutures running through them. These then repair the tendon to the bone.

It can be a fairly intensive surgical procedure with a long recovery time; post-surgery recovery depends mainly on the severity of the tear being mended, but another potential factor – gender – has now been identified.

How does gender impact the procedure?

A new cohort study was carried out to compare the outcomes of the procedure in men and women. It included 283 patients in total, 130 of which were female and 153 were male.

All patients underwent a primary arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. A total of 275 patients completed a one-year follow-up. It was discovered that women generally reported higher levels of pain after two weeks, six weeks and three months. This also meant that the use of pain medications to control the pain was higher in women.

Additionally, women also reported more restricted movement in the shoulder after the procedure. Interestingly, there were no sex-related differences reported after one year. So, the study shows that women tend to suffer more from the procedure in the first few months after a rotator cuff repair.

What other factors can impact the results?

As well as gender, there are other factors which can impact the results of a rotator cuff repair. These include:

  • Age
  • Size and severity of the tear
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

Older patients tend to experience more negative results, as do smokers. There have been many studies conducted which have shown smoking can greatly reduce healing and promote infection.

Obviously, the size and severity of the tear will also determine how successful rotator cuff repair surgery is. Larger, more severe tears are trickier to fix and can require more extensive surgery.

These are just some of the main risk factors patients need to be aware of. Before undergoing a rotator cuff repair, it’s important for patients to discuss the procedure and be aware of the risks involved. This latest study enables shoulder specialists to provide more accurate information over the risks of the surgery for women. It also gives patients more of an idea of what to expect from the procedure. If you have further questions for the London Shoulder Specialists, call 0203 195 2442.

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New Year, New You? Minimise Shoulder Injury Risk This January

Looking to get healthier in 2020? Stick to your New Year’s resolutions by minimising shoulder injury risk.

Shoulder injuries are commonly caused by overusing the joint and they can have a debilitating impact on your life if left untreated. So, if you’re looking to get fit by ramping up your exercise, it’s a good idea to be aware of the dangers and take precautions to protect the shoulder.

Here, you’ll discover the best way to minimise shoulder injury this January when you’re undergoing high-impact exercises.

Do high-intensity exercises increase the risk of shoulder injury?

When you look for studies into the impact high-intensity exercises have on shoulder injuries, you’ll find there is some contradictory advice out there.

In April 2019, researchers from the Rutgers university revealed high-intensity interval training did increase the risk of shoulder injury. However, in December 2019, a study carried out by the Mayo Clinic, revealed high-intensity exercises produced very little increased risk of injury.

The latter study followed 100 people as they participated in a high-intensity training program for six weeks. It showed that out of every 1000 training hours carried out, there was an average of 9 injuries. On the start of enrolment into the program, there were 5 injuries per 1000 hours training. Approximately 37.5% of patients suffered an injury during the training.

So, while it is only a slight increase, you are at risk of developing a shoulder injury if you do sign up to high-intensity training programs. Interestingly the studies also revealed the risks were higher when patients carried out these exercises unsupervised.

Minimising shoulder injury risk

The good news is, while the risks are slightly increased with high-intensity exercises, there are ways to minimise them. The main way to reduce your risk of injury is to ensure you’re following the correct technique and movement positions. This relates to all forms of exercise, particularly strength training.

Another way to minimise the risk is to ensure you’re not doing too much too soon. For example, if you’ve taken months away from exercise, it wouldn’t be a good idea to jump right into high-intensity workouts. Instead, you should gradually increase your stamina and strength with lower-impact exercises. That way, your muscles and joints will be prepared for the additional strain placed upon them in high-intensity exercises.

Treating shoulder pain early

While the above is some of the best ways to reduce your risk of injury, if you do start to experience shoulder pain, it’s important to get it seen too quickly.

Many patients put off seeing a professional for their shoulder pain as they believe it’s a normal part of working out. While it is common to ache and hurt a little after partaking in new exercises, if it is persistent it could be a sign of a problem. The earlier you get the pain looked at, the easier the treatment will be if an injury is detected.

Overall, high-intensity workouts do increase your risk of developing a shoulder injury. However, ensuring you are following the correct techniques can reduce these risks significantly. If you have further questions for the London Shoulder Specialists, call 0203 195 2442.