Shoulder Pain Treatment Sorted Out My Torn Rotator Cuff
The fascinating thing about shoulder pain is that no matter how you have managed to injure your shoulder, exercise will feature in the treatment. I am not suggesting for one moment that you head off to the gym and start working out. That is a guaranteed way to end up needing surgery.
The fascinating thing about shoulder pain is that no matter how you have managed to injure your shoulder, exercise is going to feature in the rehabilitation. I am not suggesting for one moment that you head off to the gym and start working out. That is the best way to guarantee you a place in the queue for surgery.
Nearly all shoulder pain treatment requires a period of rest usually coupled with anti-inflammatory drugs and pain relief. It is vital that you let a shoulder injury heal properly by letting it rest properly. Depending on the injury and what you do for a job, this might well involve some fairly radical changes to your daily routine.
To give you an example.
I tore my rotator cuff at the end of last year and despite my doctor telling me to rest, I carried on more or less as normal, occasionally suffering pain when I forgot about my shoulder and moved my arm above shoulder height. My shoulder deteriorated until I decided to exactly follow his advice and rest it completely. This involved giving up driving for starters. I am lucky in that I work at a desk so it was fairly easy to avoid using my shoulder. I had to rearrange my desk at work to avoid using my injured arm. I could carry on using the computer but I had to move my phone to the right side and even the place mat for my coffee mug moved across. At home, I had to reduce the amount of play with the kids and allow my wife to help me get dressed. Do it yourself and gardening had to go for a few weeks too. Alongside this change in routine I started taking maximum dose ibuprofen to help with the inflammation.
I started to see an improvement in three weeks, the pain started to subside and some of the movement became easier. I was then able to start some Pilates based shoulder exercises to strengthen and stabilise my damaged shoulder.
Having suffered from worseneing pain for several months my shoulder was back to full pain free movement in aroound six weeks of starting the exercises.
So, to rest your shoulder properly and not try to carry on. Think about your daily routine and what is painful to do and then avoid doing those actions. A week or two of inconvenience is a small proce to pay to prevent months of pain and even prevent you needing corrective surgery. It is definitely worth the trouble.
And remember, your shoulder is a complex joint with seventeen different muscles as well as ligaments, cartilage and tendons. It is always worth getting a doctors advice if you have persistent shoulder pain.
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