Shoulder injury! Have you “plateaued” in your recovery? Help is here!


Shoulder InjuriesAccording to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon latest report.  In 2006, approximately 7.5 million people went to the doctor’s office for a shoulder problem, including shoulder and upper arm sprains and strains. More than 4.1 million of these visits were for rotator cuff problems.

A surprising statistic, maybe not. The reason, your shoulder is the most movable joint in your body. So the most unstable because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it.

In order to remain stable or in a normal position, the shoulder must be anchored by muscles, tendons and ligaments.

The instability of your shoulder can cause many common problems. You probably have heard of some of them,  sprains and strains, dislocations , separations, tendonitis, bursitis, torn rotator cuffs, frozen shoulder, fractures and arthritis. What if I told you there is another side to the story that may be overlooked, but more on that later.

Usually shoulder problems typical treatment is with RICE. This stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Other treatments include exercise, medicines to reduce pain and swelling, and surgery if other treatments don’t work. All of these take time and in some cases not enough.

Doing something about the pain early is the key to preventing serious shoulder injury, listen to those aches and pains!

What can you do to speed up the healing process! The alternative that should be included in your treatment for a faster recovery? All injuries that cause tearing, like sprains and strains, heal by forming scar tissue. Finding a treatment that addresses scar tissue is an important part to full recovery.

The other side of the story is your nervous system, it will likely continue trying to overprotect and guard the injured area until it’s fully healed. Your nervous system does this by shortening and restricting your injured muscles, and not allowing you to fully stretch or engage them.  

It feels like you have stalled or “plateaued” with only a partial recovery to show for it, as too many shoulder injury sufferers do. The Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Re-education Therapy is a very effective treatment by directly encouraging the release of your shoulder’s scar tissue and re-training your muscles to get you pass this stage so the stretching and strengthening will bring you back on the road to full recovery.

Self Help Tips, I provide the following suggestions to help with prevention of further injury, please note these are good for prevention once you are in the cycle of pain they may no longer be enough to recover:

Basic shoulder strengthening
Attach elastic tubing to a doorknob at home. Gently pull the elastic tubing toward your body. Hold for a count of five. Repeat five times with each arm. Perform twice a day. 

Wall push-ups
Stand facing a wall with your hands on the wall and your feet shoulder-width apart. Slowly perform a push-up. Repeat five times. Hold for a count of five. Perform twice a day. 

Shoulder press-ups
Sit upright in a chair with armrest, with your feet touching the floor. Use your arms to slowly rise off the chair. Hold for a count of five. Repeat five times. Perform twice a day.

When to see your Doctor:
Is your shoulder stiff? Can you rotate your arm in all the normal positions?
Does it feel like your shoulder could pop out or slide out of the socket?
Do you lack the strength in your shoulder to carry out your daily activities?

I hope you found this information helpful and please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks

References: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon

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