ACUTE SHOULDER INJURY MANAGEMENT
If you’ve just injured your shoulder, here are a few tips to get you on the road to recovery. Please remember that this advice is general and does not constitute medical advice.
Rest From Aggravating Activities
Identify the positions and movements that aggravate your shoulder pain. Pain is a protective mechanism and is used to help you avoid further irritation of injured tissues that need time to heal. In the acute recovery phase, it is important to give the shoulder a break from loading and painful movements.
Apply Ice for Shoulder Pain Relief
Ice should be applied in the early stages of recovery. 20 minutes on every 2 hours is a great way to reduce swelling in the shoulder in the first 48 to 72 hours after an injury. After this time, heat can be applied to help relax the muscles around the shoulder and to increase circulation in the area to increase metabolic rates for healing.
Book An Appointment with a Physiotherapist
Our Physiotherapists are experts in assessing and treating shoulder pain and injuries. We see them everyday and know each step of successful rehabilitation. Physiotherapy for shoulder pain involves identifying potential structures involved in the injury and the factors that led to the injury in the first place and designing a recovery plan suited to your specific condition. Treatment options include hands-on manual therapy, massage, exercises to improve mobility and motor control of the shoulder and scapula.
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