The Secrets to Shoulder Health: A Comprehensive Guide for Active Adults

The Secrets to Shoulder Health: A Comprehensive Guide for Active Adults


In sunny San Diego, where the outdoors calls for constant adventure, shoulder health is not just a concern; it’s a priority for maintaining an active and fulfilling lifestyle. At Auto-Ness Physical Therapy, we understand that whether you’re over 50, an avid golfer, or someone who enjoys gardening, shoulder, elbow, and wrist pain can be more than just a nuisance—it can be a barrier. This blog post is your guide to understanding these pains, how to manage them, and when to seek professional help, all while maintaining your active lifestyle.

Understanding Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist Pain

Our team at Auto-Ness Physical Therapy sees a wide array of injuries and conditions, from rotator cuff tendinitis to labral tears and tennis elbow. While these issues are common, their impact on your daily life shouldn’t be underestimated. Pain in these areas often stems from overuse, improper posture, or even underlying conditions that might need a closer look.

The Role of Ergonomics and Posture

The Secrets to Shoulder Health: A Comprehensive Guide for Active Adults


One key aspect of preventing and managing pain is understanding the role of ergonomics and posture. An ergonomic posture chart, like the one we provide our patients, highlights how small adjustments in your daily routine can significantly reduce strain on your shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Whether it’s adjusting the height of your chair, the position of your monitor, or even the way you hold your phone, these changes can make a big difference in how you feel.

Active Management Strategies

Our philosophy at Auto-Ness Physical Therapy goes beyond the traditional “rest and ice” approach. We believe in active management strategies that include:

  • Targeted Exercises: Strengthening and mobility exercises for the neck, shoulders, and wrists are crucial. These exercises not only alleviate pain but also prevent future injuries.
  • Functional Movements: Incorporating movements that simulate daily activities can improve muscle coordination, ultimately helping you perform everyday tasks without pain.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Simple ergonomic adjustments and engaging in low-impact activities like swimming or walking can provide long-term relief.
  • Our Guide on Ergonomic Posture in the Workplace: Please check out this free downloadable PDF for more information on posture!

When to Seek Professional Help

If you’re experiencing persistent pain that disrupts your daily activities, it’s time to seek expert advice. At Auto-Ness Physical Therapy, we offer specialized care for active adults, focusing on restoring mobility and reducing pain through personalized treatment plans.

FAQs Tailored for Active Adults

  • Can I continue my regular gym routine?
    • Yes, but with modifications. Focus on low-impact exercises and adjust your workout intensity to avoid exacerbating your condition.
  • What are some specific stretches that can help?
    • Gentle neck and shoulder stretches are beneficial for maintaining mobility and easing discomfort. But remember, strengthening of your body is key!
  • Can shoulder impingement be prevented?
    • While not entirely preventable, the risk can be minimized with proper exercise, posture, and avoiding overuse.


Embracing an active lifestyle in San Diego means taking care of your shoulder health. With the right exercises, lifestyle adjustments, and professional guidance, you can continue to enjoy life to the fullest. Remember, your well-being is in your hands, and taking proactive steps today can ensure a pain-free tomorrow.

Auto-Ness PT_Matthew Perry

Dr. Matthew Perry

Auto-Ness Physical Therapy

We help active adults like YOU rebound from injuries and discomfort. Our tailored plans steer you clear of needless medications and surgeries, empowering a vibrant, active life.