Harvard Men's Health Watch

Shoulder shape-up: Keep your body's most flexible joint in top condition

Shoulders can become stiff and painful from disuse. Stretching and strengthening exercises can help keep shoulders functioning smoothly and pain-free. Gentle stretches can help to ease general shoulder stiffness and pain. Also consider exercises to your fitness routine that involve inward and outward rotation against resistance and pulling toward the midsection (rowing). If shoulder pain gets worse over time, gets worse at night, lasts more than four to six weeks, or severely limits normal arm movements, consult a physician because there may be a more serious joint problem.
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