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Common Sporting Shoulder Injuries
Posted 3 years ago
Shoulder Injury and Sport-The Old Classic.
Common Rugby and Cricket related Shoulder Sports Injury - Rotator Cuff Strain.
Its a classic and I’ve said it before that its human nature to put things off. I use the analogy of not fixing the squeaky pedals on my bike until it reaches critical importance - i.e. they are about to fall off and I won't be able to get to work anymore.
Its exactly the same with the SPORTS INJURIES that we treat.
Its only when they become a limiting factor that people will do much about them. People can put up with pain and discomfort but when injury gets in the way of sport or regular day to day activity then people take action and become patients!
A few weeks ago I was reminded of such a scenario and it made me think about what might have been done if we had seen them sooner.
So…Classic SPORTS Injury and SHOULDER Pain -
The story goes a little something like this…Super sporty guy playing rugby, hockey and cricket. Back at the beginning of the year he suffers a shoulder injury while playing rugby. Nothing too serious, painful catching of the arm that caused a wrenching and SHOULDER Pain.
A bit or rest and all seems fine but on attempting to play Sport the same problem persists.
But this continues for months, same old scenario rest fine, playing = pain. Nothing too serious but clearly not clearing up anytime soon.
The Shoulder is Still painful, especially now that its cricket season. Its apparent that there is a SHOULDER INJURY, and throwing causes pain at the point of the Shoulder.
An injury rested for much longer than 6 weeks that is not getting any better is UNLIKELY to do so on it own!
This is exactly the type of SPORTS INJURY that we can be helping with at Straight Back Physio.
When we reviewed this chap there was a definite restriction in his movement and a definite weakness in his damaged Shoulder. All signs point to this being a problem with his ROTATOR CUFF -
The Rotator Cuff is a group of 4 small muscles that sit around the Shoulder Joint helping to keep the ball and socket held centrally together. When the Rotator Cuff muscles work well then there is great control of the Shoulder Joint and generally not much pain.
When there is either damage or weakness of the Rotator Cuff then we might begin to notice problems, especially in throwing and contact as per Cricket and Rugby.
These are Shoulder problems that can be fixed through rehabilitation exercise, but only when the problem has been diagnosed in the first instance.
Exercise to relieve stiffness and improve Strength and control of the shoulder joint are just some of the ways in which we fix ‘Cuff Injury’. and this can be fixed with Physio in weeks rather than months!
Injury doesn't have to linger on, and shouldn't linger on. When symptoms of pain and stiffness don't disappear in weeks rather than months its probably time to get it checked out!
If self help and stretching doesn't help enough then…Get Some Hands on Physio treatment
There probably isn’t a faster way to ease shoulder pain than by going to see a Physio…
At Straight Back Physio will be able to diagnose, soothe and relax tight aching muscles, as well as give you personalised exercises programme that will help strengthen your muscles and make sure your posture is perfectly aligned.
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