Exercising Through the Pain: An Orthopedic Surgeon’s Perspective

The old advice about resting up after an injury has largely been discarded by now, replaced by a more robust set of guidelines designed to maintain flexibility and bone mass. No longer do athletes spend a few months convalescing after a knee or shoulder injury; in many cases they are back to rehab and exercise within a matter of days.

But every injury has its own origins, and sometimes the worst mistake you can make is to go too fast too soon. Comprehensive advice is needed for active people who want to stay strong without injuring themselves. This article provides a nice start.

Along with some good exercise recommendations for the knee, back and wrist, it includes this sane paragraph on what to do when you are experiencing chronic shoulder pain:

“Concentrate on upper back and scapula exercises,” says Edmond Cleeman, a surgeon at Manhattan Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group who specializes in knees and shoulders. “Most concentrate on just chest and arms. Upper back muscles are critical as they control the scapula—which is part of the shoulder! So: Do machine rows, single arm dumbbell rows, reverse flys, TRX, and avoid pull-ups—they can aggravate the shoulder.”

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