Caring for Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries are frequently caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, overhead motion, such as swimming, tennis, pitching, and weightlifting. Athletes are especially susceptible to shoulder problems which can develop slowly through repetitive, intensive training routines.

Your shoulder joint is composed of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone) and is the most movable joint in your body yet can also be unstable because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it.

The rotator cuff is comprised of a group of muscles and tendons that hold the bones of the shoulder joint together and is one of the most important components of the shoulder.
The rotator cuff muscles provide you with the ability to lift your arm and reach overhead.

Impingement problems can occur during activities that require excessive overhead arm motion due to rubbing of the shoulder muscles against the top part of the shoulder blade.

Some people may have a tendency to ignore the pain and play through a shoulder injury, which only aggravates the condition, and will possibly cause more problems. They might also underestimate the extent of their injury because, to a degree they may adapt to steady pain, weakness in the arm, or limitation of joint motion.

Medical care should be sought for inflammation in the shoulder because chronic injuries – that is to say, long-standing ones – are invariably more difficult to restore to full health, so it should be rather obvious that you need to take early active intervention.

Shoulder injuries are often treated by R.I.C.E. - Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. When used appropriately, recovery time is usually shortened and discomfort reduced.

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