Conservative Treatments, Exercises & Rehab

Shoulder Treatments

shoulder pain treated conservatively

Your orthopedic surgeon may decide to treat your shoulder discomfort non-operatively. (en Español)


There are many options including medications, such as anti-inflammatory medications like Aleve (Naproxen Sodium) or Advil (Ibuprofen)


You may also utilize icing techniques and exercises. There is the option of trying the exercises on your own. Here is a list of several exercises that can be explained in further detail. Please speak with your provider prior to beginning any of these exercises.   Note: These exercises are not designed to substitute for a post operative therapy protocol. If you are having surgery, make sure you clarify your surgery protocol with your surgeon.


Exercises for Shoulder Flexibility

Adduction (reaching across)   (En Español)

Back Scratch   (En Español)

Broom Stretch   (En Español)

External Rotation   (En Español)

Internal Rotation   (En Español)

Pendulum exercise   (En Español)

Wall Walk   (En Español)


Exercises for Shoulder Strength

Biceps curl   (En Español)

External rotation   (En Español)

Internal rotation   (En Español)

Shoulder press    (En Español)

Side Raise

Triceps Press    (En Español)

Wall Pushups


For a PDF handout of recommended exercises:

passive shoulder exercises

shoulder strengthening exercises



Click here for a link to recommended shoulder exercises from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons


There is also an option of formal therapy with a physical or occupational therapist. Your provider will be able to order this therapy for you and our office will help you find a convenient location.

If pain persists, another option may be a cortisone injection