Shoulder Pain and Exercise

Shoulder pain is something I see on the regular in clinic. And let me tell you, it is painful. Our shoulders are susceptible to injury as they are very mobile and the tendons responsible for stabilizing the shoulder can develop tendinopathies. Tendinopathies occur when the tendons fail to adapt and recover from tensile load, which can lead to pain.

So I’d like to share with you a few tips for preventing stress to your rotator cuff tendons while you’re exercising at the gym.

  • Overhead pressing: keep your elbows in front of your chest
  • Bench press: align your grip over your AC joint, try not to let your elbows lower past your trunk (don’t puff that chest!)
  • Upright rows: do not let your elbows go above shoulder height
  • Lateral raises: avoid turning your thumbs down (keep your thumbs up!), keep the weights in front of your chest, and stay below 90 degrees

Is your shoulder pain persisting? Please connect with me as I’d love to help you out!


Registered Physiotherapist and Kinesiologist

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