Shoulder Pain Relief: 4 Exercises for Shoulder Pain

There’s no way around it: our shoulders do a lot for us. Any time you have to reach the top shelf, comb your hair, scratch a funny spot on your back, or swing a baseball bat, you should thank your shoulders for helping you get there. If you’re suffering from any kind of discomfort, there are a number of easy exercises for shoulder pain you can do.

When we look and feel our shoulders, we should really be thanking the group of muscles and joints that allow them to move freely. The shoulder is so much more than one muscle; it’s a collection of muscles, joints, and tendons that allow us to rotate our arms and do everything we’re accustomed to.

Because they work so hard for us, shoulder pain and discomfort is relatively common. Some of the biggest causes for shoulder pain include rotator cuff tendonitis, biceps tendonitis, and bursitis.

Luckily, many of these conditions don’t require surgery and there are a variety of simple stretches and exercises you can do to keep your shoulders happy, healthy, and pain-free. Here are four easy exercises for shoulder pain.

Exercises For Shoulder Pain


Stand near a chair or a piece of furniture and lean over. Take your arm that isn’t in pain and hold onto that piece of furniture, letting your injured arm dangle straight down. Gently draw circles with your dangling arm.

Start out by making the circles small and then gradually increase their size. After five or so rotations, reverse your direction and do five more. Repeat this exercise up to 10 times a day.

Seated Twist

This is a good one for your shoulders and your spine. Take a seat in a chair with your knees together. Inhale deeply as you twist your body to the right, placing your left hand gently on your right knee. Relax your shoulders and breathe deeply for three to five breaths.

Repeat on your other side.

Neck Release

Sit up straight and slowly drop your chin to your chest. You should feel a wonderful stretch in the back of your neck. Slowly, rotate your chin and drag your ear towards your shoulder.

Stretch your ear towards both your right and your left shoulder, holding for one minute on each side as you take deep breaths.

Arm Across the Chest

If you’ve ever taken a gym class, you’ve done this one. Hold your right arm out in front of you, and use your left hand to stretch it out against your front.

Inhale deeply and hold the stretch for thirty seconds. Repeat three to five times on each side.

When to Seek Professional Help for Your Shoulder Pain

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain as a result of a traumatic injury, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your doctor or a local orthopedic surgeon. While exercises for shoulder pain are a great way to relieve any discomfort, they may not be the best solution for an acute injury.

My name is Dr. Joe Wilson and I’m an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulders. I believe surgery should always be a last resort, which is why I strive to provide my patients with thorough treatment sessions that work for them. Allow me to help guide you through a shoulder rehabilitation treatment that will free your shoulders of pain and get you back to feeling strong and confident.

Give me a call today to schedule a consultation!