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What are the most common shoulder injuries?

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Are you experiencing shoulder pain? Learn the different types of shoulder injuries and the available treatments for them. And, try a kinesiology taping protocol to help with a rotator cuff tear and shoulder impingement. 


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    What are the symptoms of a shoulder injury? 

    If you’re not sure if you have a shoulder injury, here are some questions to ask to determine if you have one:

    • Are you able to rotate your shoulders or is it too stiff to move?
    • Does it feel like your shoulder is about to pop out of its socket? 
    • Is your shoulder too weak to carry out your daily tasks?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might have a shoulder injury. Some injuries can be remedied at home. But, consult your healthcare provider immediately if you experience these signs:

    • Not being able to use your shoulder 
    • Your shoulder joint looking disfigured
    • Experiencing intense pain 
    • Swollen shoulder
    • Weakness or numbness in your hand or arm 

    What are the most common causes of a shoulder injury? 

    A shoulder injury has several causes and can be categorized into: 

    • Inflammation in the tendon or tendon tear

    Inflammation in the tendon can be caused either by bursitis or tendinitis. Bursitis affects the fluid-filled sacs (also called bursae) that are located between the joints. When overused, they may become inflamed and swollen.

    Tendinitis, on the other hand, is caused by an inflamed tendon. A tendon tear happens when the tendon splits or tears resulting in an injury. This can be caused by wear and tear or can also result from a sudden injury. 

    • Instability

    Instability in the shoulder happens when the upper arm bone’s head pops out of the shoulder socket. This is commonly caused by overuse or sudden injury. 

    • Fracture

    Fractures or broken bones in older people are commonly caused by a fall. For younger folks, fractures are often caused by playing sports or vehicular accidents. 

    How do you diagnose a shoulder injury? 

     Your healthcare provider may conduct the following tests to diagnose your shoulder injury: 

    • MRI
    • X-ray
    • CT Scan
    • Electromyography (EMG)
    • Arthroscopy

    What are the available treatments for a shoulder injury? 

    There are at-home treatments that you can do to help alleviate a mild shoulder injury. Here are some of the things that you can do to alleviate discomfort: 

    • Change in Activity

    This generally involves resting or taking a break from activities that put tension on your shoulders. Undergoing physical therapy may also help in strengthening and flexibility of the area. 

    • Medications

    Your healthcare provider may prescribe medication that will help reduce pain and inflammation. The doctor may also administer steroid injections to help relieve pain.

    • Surgery

    Other more severe shoulder injuries may require surgery to treat. These include recurring dislocations and tears. 

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    Kinesiology taping for different shoulder problems 

    Kinesiology tape is becoming more and more popular as a way for athletes and even regular folks to manage discomfort from injuries. If you have a rotator cuff tear or if you are experiencing shoulder impingement, here is a kinesiology taping protocol that you can do at home. 

    Rotator Cuff Tear 

    Shoulder Impingement 

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    We hope that you’re now familiar with some of the most common injuries that can happen to your shoulders. We’ve also discussed the possible treatments that you can do to address shoulder issues including kinesiology taping. 

    We would like to note that we are not medical professionals. If you are experiencing shoulder issues, we highly recommend seeking a medical professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

    Thanks for reading! 

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