Athletes who are involved with sports where the arms are used extensively, or there is shoulder to shoulder contact, are more likely to face issues such as shoulder sprains or strains. When there is damage to the shoulder ligaments or the capsule that supports the shoulder joint, the patient is experiencing a shoulder sprain or strain.
What are the causes of a shoulder sprain/strain?
The main reason why such sprains and strains occur is that 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.
What are the 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.
What is the treatment of a shoulder sprain/strain?
The first step to treating a 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 and sports medicine therapy can be used as a drug-free natural treatment.
Athletes are always encouraged to see a sports specialist especially when they are suffering from sports injuries. If you suffered a shoulder sprain or strain, it is time to contact a sports medicine doctor at the Spinal Rehab and Sports Medicine clinic. Dr. Meyer has experience with sports injury treatment and he can help ensure your shoulder strain is treated appropriately for a full recovery.