If you've ever suffered from a dislocated shoulder, you know how painful and frustrating this injury can be. Well, one of our TRX Community members, Josh can commiserate, having recently dislocated his shoulder during a game of hockey. Here, Dr. Perkash offers some sound advice on what TRX exercises Josh can do during his rehab, which will hopefully hasten his return to the ice.
I dislocated my shoulder the other day playing goalie (ice hockey). I’m wondering if there were some exercises on the TRX Suspension Trainer I can do to strengthen my shoulder?
Shoulder dislocation injuries are relatively common, especially in contact sports such as hockey and football.
The shoulder capsule, which keeps the ball and socket of the shoulder joint together, is inevitably damaged during a dislocation to the shoulder. It can lead to chronic shoulder instability and subsequent repeated dislocations. In some circumstances, surgery is required to tighten the joint capsule, but in the majority of cases, aggressive rehabilitation to strengthen the rotator cuff musculature and shoulder girdle musculature is adequate to achieve a good functional outcome.
A thorough evaluation by a qualified sports medicine physician should be sought before consideration of any treatment program for a complex shoulder injury such as a shoulder dislocation. Appropriate treatment with medications, rest and subsequently a rehabilitation program are often appropriate and should be undertaken under the guidance of a physician and physical therapist.
The TRX Suspension Trainer can be a useful tool in the rehabilitation of shoulder injuries. Some excellent TRX exercises for this injury include the following:
- TRX Shoulder Series (TRX T Deltoid Fly, TRX Y Deltoid Fly and TRX Low Deltoid Fly)
- TRX High Row
- TRX Torso Rotation
- TRX Overhead Back Extension
- TRX Plank (on Hands or Forearms)
- TRX Push-up
- TRX Body Saw
- TRX Side Plank
- TRX Chest Stretch
Try these exercises above, and remember to cease any activity if pain is present. Good luck.
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NOTE: Any medical information in this blog is of a general nature and not a substitute for the advice of a medical professional. If you need medical advice, see a doctor.