Causes of a shoulder sprain/strain?
The main reason why such sprains and strains occur is because of too much force on the arm, which stretches the shoulder ligaments. It is not a common injury, but if an athlete is involved in an awkward collision, or they complete an exercise incorrectly, it can result in a shoulder strain.
Symptoms of a shoulder sprain/strain?
The most common symptoms associated with shoulder sprains and strains are mild to severe pain in the area, which is typically at the front of the joint. There is also tenderness in the shoulder joint area, while swelling may occur and movement will be more difficult. Some shoulder sprains can even cause instability in the entire shoulder joint, and those cases are often seen as the most severe.
Treatment of a shoulder sprain/strain?
The first step to treating and sprain or strain is rest. The more a patient rests, and avoids the activities that caused the injury, the better chances of a full recovery. Ice therapy is also helpful at getting rid of swelling and reducing pain and inflammation. Over the counter pain meds can help deal with the pain in the first few days of the injury.
Athletes are always encouraged to see a sports specialist. If you suffered a shoulder sprain or strain, it is time to contact Dr. Bob Meyer at the Spinal Rehab and Sports Medicine clinic. Dr. Meyer has experience dealing with these conditions, and he can help ensure your shoulder strain is treated appropriately for a full recovery.