Of course, the best way to deal with rotator-cuff injuries is to prevent them from happening in
the first place. And the best place to do that is in the gym. For example, if you’re prone to
shoulder discomfort and work out on resistance machines such as Nautilus or Cybex, try switching to
light free-weights for a few weeks and see if your symptoms improve.
Change your grip.
If a standard bench press hurts your shoulder, try using a narrower grip. With a wide grip, the
tendon is more likely to come in contact with the bone, causing pain and potentially more damage to
the tendon. If you change to a narrower grip, you usually can’t lift as much, but it’s easier on
If you feel pain when you lift a weight higher than shoulder level, stop doing it. Most people with
rotator cuff problems are okay having their upper arm parallel to the floor, but if they go higher,
it’s going to cause problems.
Some exercises that build your shoulders can also damage the rotator cuff. A prime example is the
"behind-the-neck" overhead press... also known as the military press.
This is one of the most common resistance exercises that you see people doing in the gym, but if
you’ve already got an imbalance in your shoulder, you can develop some serious problems.
Pay attention to pain.==================================
If these or any other exercises make your shoulders hurt, don’t try to work through the pain. The
first thing to do is make sure you’re doing the exercise correctly. If your form checks out with
your trainer, the next step is to try the exercise using a lower weight. Sometimes, though, there’s
no weight at which the exercise is comfortable. In that case, stop doing the exercise and seek our
Dr. Johnston is uniquely qualified to help you with
your Shoulder Injuries
With his many years of experience along with the use of specialized techniques,
he can develop a treatment plan to safely accelerate your recovery and get you back
An individually tailored and supervised treatment program will be
developed to strengthen and condition the underlying problem.