HERE ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR SPORTS INJURIES OF THE SHOULDER.
1. Symptom and pain relief.
In general, symptom relief and pain relief, is the first point of call. This can be achieved by avoiding aggravating activities, use of hot and cold modalities, electrotherapy, ultrasound, drug phoresis, SENAR therapy and gentle exercises if appropriate.
2. Regaining function with exercises.
The next phase of recovery should focus on regaining function of the shoulder.
This will likely involve an exercise program which is gradually progressed, comprising of assisted range of motion exercises, postural exercises, active range of motion exercises, strengthening and stretching. Clinical Pilates is a very effective exercise treatment tool.
3. Practice functional movements and tasks.
Finally, the focus should shift towards more functional tasks. In sports rehabilitation this includes practicing specific components of each sport, such as swinging a tennis racquet above your head when serving or practicing a swimming stroke. It is important to note that the ‘shoulder’ encompasses not only the ball and socket joint, but also the scapula (shoulder blade) and therefore any rehabilitation will likely involve a focus on the rotator cuff and postural muscles as well. Sports injuries of the shoulder can be treated with successful rehabilitation of the shoulder joint and surrounding muscles.
Margarita Gurevich is Senior Physiotherapist and uses Clinical Pilates, SCENAR Therapy & other evidence-based techniques, including Real Time Ultrasound and McKenzie Treatment. Margarita specialises in sports injuries, women’s health (including incontinence) and gastrointestinal issues. Margarita may be contacted via her website.