The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that over 7.5 million Americans (on average) go to the doctor each year for shoulder injuries. Injuring the rotator cuff is the most common problem that can happen with the shoulder, but there are other common injuries caused by overuse and repetitive motions. Use these tips to know what to do with common shoulder injuries!
A torn rotator cuff is one of the most common shoulder injuries. Do you struggle to lift your arm up, especially without pain? This is a sign of a rotator cuff injury. This cuff area is where various muscles and tendons on top of your shoulder and down through the top of your back and side all connect. Those connecting tissues are what help you to lift and move your arm and shoulder. The rotator cuff is where your joint is on top of your shoulder area. Falls, tears, overuse and more can cause injury to this area.
Some other common shoulder injuries include:
First, assess how your shoulder feels. Are you in a lot of pain or do you feel like your shoulder could simply be sore from a workout? Do you only feel aches and pains when moving or stretching a certain way? If you have pulled a muscle, you can help heal it at home by resting and doing ice/heat therapy. Avoid exercises and movements that would make that muscle stretch.
You’ll know that your shoulder is having more than just mild problems if you can’t use your shoulder at all, or if doing so causes you a ton of pain. Signs of shoulder injuries will include additional issues such as numbness (in the shoulder itself or the arm and/or hand), tingling, shoulder swelling and even a deformed look to your shoulder joint. Some mild cases of rotator cuff tears can heal with the right chiropractic and physical therapy treatments. Others will require surgery first, and then rehabilitation from a physical therapist or chiropractic doctor.
For very mild shoulder injuries, you may be able to simply heal the area on your own at home. This is for shoulder injuries such as pulling a muscle or exercising too hard. Rest the shoulder, even making yourself a sling as a reminder to stop moving your shoulder. A bandage would work well also. Ice shoulder injuries in the first 24 hours after the initial injury. Then, use heat to speed healing to the site. An over-the-counter medication can help with pain, and you won’t get the negative side effects that a narcotic pain medication would give you.
Many shoulder injuries will require the help of a medical professional and either chiropractic or rehabilitative therapy to heal the shoulder and affected muscles/ligaments. Make sure to keep up on those appointments so your healing process is monitored. Always do any at-home exercises that you are given to strengthen your shoulder once more and to avoid future shoulder injuries.
We often work with medical centers to help our patients rehabilitate from not only shoulder injuries, but any injury involving your musculoskeletal system. These therapies are natural and don’t require surgery or narcotic pain medication, which have many problems of their own. Chiropractic care is a form of physical rehabilitation that focuses on the musculoskeletal system of the body.
A healthy spine and back will follow a normal alignment, and your shoulder is part of that alignment. When the spine is misaligned, discs and the nerves around them are easily compressed. This happens easily with shoulder injuries, and swelling, inflammation, neuropathy and worse injury can happen. Chiropractic care realigns everything to relieve that pressure and inflammation associated with injury.
We customize various treatments for patients depending on their shoulder injuries, ailments, chronic conditions and injuries in other areas of the body. Pain is one of the most common symptoms in patients, which is why we offer anti-inflammatory injections that help take care of both pain and also swelling from fluid buildup. Joint injections help calm an injury down so therapy treatment can help heal it quicker. These are just two of our many types of therapies we offer in-office to our patients that can help with your shoulder injuries.
The American Family Physician reports that your shoulders are the most mobile joints in the body, which is why they have a high risk of injury. You can prevent that injury with avoiding repetitive motions and overuse in sports, exercise and daily actions. Patients can help heal shoulder injuries that do happen by seeing professional rehabilitative help. To have your free consultation or to schedule a medical evaluation, call Back2Health today at (843) 405-0025!