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Don't Let Rotator Cuff Injuries Keep You Out Of Your Game

The NFL season has only just begun and some players like St. Louis Rams' quarterback Marc Bulger, have already experienced rotator cuff injuries. Even the highly anticipated comeback of 3-time MVP quarterback Brett Favre is overshadowed by his surgically repaired shoulder and partially torn rotator cuff.

Injuries such as these could jeopardize the season for some teams, just like an injured rotator cuff can put your activities in jeopardy too.

Rotator cuff injuries are common for those individuals who perform repetitive over head motions. Some sufferers attempt to live with the pain, placing undue stress on the injury.

If left untreated, subsequent damage may occur and surgery may eventually be the only resort.

Unfortunately, healing and rehabilitation can take up to 6 months, putting regular activities on hold. Prompt treatment of a rotator cuff injury is recommended to avoid serious problems and debilitating pain in the future.

If You Suffer From A Rotator Cuff Injury You Should:

  1. Identify your symptoms and see your doctor for a proper diagnosis
  2. Prevent further damage to your rotator cuff
  3. Rehabilitate your injury to encourage a swift recovery

Identify Your Symptoms

If you are suffering from a rotator cuff injury you will most likely experience:

  • Pain immediately after sustaining the injury
  • Recurring inflammation and swelling around your shoulder
  • Pain that intensifies when you perform activities that require overhead or forward reaching movements
  • Increased levels of soreness and tenderness at night, especially while lying on the affected shoulder
  • Loss of mobility and/or a noticeable decrease in range of motion

Serious rotator cuff injuries may also cause:

  • Mild popping or crackling sounds in the shoulder joint, an indication of rotator cuff tendonitis or bursitis
  • Slipping of your arm in and out of your shoulder socket, an indication of rotator cuff instability
  • Muscle spasms, or atrophy (a decrease in muscle mass), indications of either an acute or chronic rotator cuff tear

Prevent Further Damage

Avoid excessive over-head activities to prevent further aggravation to your rotator cuff. When injured, football players reduce the intensity and number of throws during practice. You too should reduce, or if possible, eliminate the activity that has caused your injury and take care when using your arm.

Minimize tissue damage and reduce pain and swelling during the preliminary stages of your injury by applying R.I.C.E therapy (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). The Shoulder Freezie Wrap™ will provide deep cold and comfortable compression with light support and stability for your shoulder.

Professional football players rest during their off-season and you can follow their lead. Rest your injured shoulder when you are not at work, being sure to take some time out of your daily schedule to relax your shoulder.

Rehabilitate Your Injury

While mending a rotator cuff you should alternate cold compression and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy treatments to reduce swelling and encourage the flow of nutrient-rich blood to your injury. Inferno Wrap® treatments can decrease the scar tissue that forms in your shoulder as it heals to improve your range of motion.

Performing stretching and strengthening exercises will increase the stability and mobility of your injured shoulder. You should always consult your physical therapist before performing stretches of any kind to ensure your shoulder is ready and you are performing exercises appropriate for you.

Some exercises that your physical therapist may recommend include:

  • Slowly raising your arm to the side with your thumb facing up
  • Holding the elbow of your injured arm with your uninjured arm, bending over slightly and gently swinging your injured arm forward and backward

Professional football players with rotator cuff injuries can be a serious matter to teams and fans alike. Your rotator cuff injury should be just as important to you! Treat your injury promptly and avoid the pain and future problems rotator cuff injuries can cause.

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