Sports injuries, those primarily caused by playing and participating in sports such as football, hockey or martial arts, are very common. These sports are constantly causing bones and muscles to be pushed to the limits, stressing and pulling with every game or practice. It is not uncommon to hear a story of a Quarterback with a torn rotator cuff or a wrestler with a dislocated shoulder.
Sporting injuries occur all to often, with many different types of injuries that can occur. Many of those involve the shoulders. Two of the possible shoulder injuries that can result are frozen shoulder and a dislocated shoulder.
Frozen shoulder is such a condition. Someone experiencing frozen shoulder knows just how painful the condition is, causing the inability to use the shoulder joints. Frozen shoulder is the result of arthritis, tendinitis and bursitis, and the longer that it persists, the harder it is to treat. Physical therapy is often used to treat frozen shoulder, along with medications given to control the pain. Treatment of frozen shoulder is continuous in order to find the patient the most relief. Treating the condition quickly is important, as not only it is extremely painful, it can cause permanent disability.
A dislocated shoulder is another common sports injury. This condition occurs when the bone in the shoulder is dislodged from its normal point in the joint, Torn ligaments are also associated with a dislocated shoulder, both of which can be very painful. Treating a dislocated shoulder is something some try to do on their own, “slipping” their should back into place. This is never recommended, and a visit to the doctor is always required to find the best treatment. Many times a dislocated shoulder will require surgery.
More times than not a dislocated shoulder will require surgery for it to completely repair. Some people may attempt to deal with the discomforts of a dislocated shoulder without assistance from a doctor, yet usually are overcome and proceed toward treatment. A physician can help find the right treatment for your needs, as well as offer medications to help ease the pain. It may be possible to “slip” the shoulder back into place; but it is not recommended. Visiting the doctor is always the best solution to begin treating your shoulder injury.
More Shoulder Injuries can Occur
These are only two of the numerous shoulder injuries that you can sustain as the result of a sports injury (or other condition.) If you are older and played sports in your younger days, it is possible those injuries are just now catching up to you, as these are often known to do.
Despite the pain and troubles these injuries cause, it is an assurance in knowing that the many treatments, including surgery, can help prevent it from being a lifetime problem.
If you have a sports injury, the first thing to do is pay the physician a visit to discuss the possible treatment options you have. Together with the physician the best treatment can be attained and you can once again begin enjoying life without the pain of a shoulder sports injury.
Article by Sharon Freeman who is a freelancer who writes about health, nutrition and injury prevention.