Shoulder Strain Symptoms and Treatment

A shoulder strain is the stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon in the shoulder. This can happen when the shoulder stays in one position for a long period of time. For example, when someone is typing with poor posture or carrying a heavy backpack over one shoulder, a strain can occur. Playing sports, like tennis or swimming, which require repeated overhead movements of the arms also increases a person’s susceptibility to shoulder strain.

Shoulder Strain Symptoms

It is important to know the symptoms of shoulder strain so that you can seek treatment if necessary. These include:

  • mild to severe pain
  • swelling
  • difficulty performing tasks of daily living
  • bruising

Shoulder Strain Treatmentswimming

Depending on the severity of your shoulder strain symptoms, you may be able to treat the injury at home. If you suspect that you have a shoulder strain, it is very important to rest. You’ll also want to ice the painful area for 10-20 minutes at least three times a day. If the swelling has not changed in 48 to 72 hours, it’s time to go to Express Care for further diagnosis.

If your shoulder strain is more severe, you may need to see a physical therapist. Working with a physical therapist will help alleviate your shoulder strain symptoms and get you on the road to healing.

Shoulder Specialist

Sometimes, what may seem like a simple shoulder strain is actually a more severe injury like a tear. If you experience any of the following, go to Express Care immediately:

  • joint that appears deformed
  • inability to use the joint or move your arm away from your body
  • intense pain
  • sudden or severe swelling

In the case of a more intense injury, the specialists at Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group can diagnose and treat your shoulder strain symptoms.

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