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Broken Shoulder Treatment

In my last post What is a Broken Shoulder I explained all about the causes of broken shoulder and just how common it is to break your shoulder.

In this article I’m going to outline the various treatment options available.

Firstly the good news, most broken shoulders or proximal humerus fractures can be treated without surgery.

If the shoulder break is clean, meaning that there are no bone fragments displaced, the arm will be treated by being placed in a sling.

Eighty-five percent of shoulders which are broken, are nondisplaced, and do not require surgery.

The shoulder cannot be placed in a cast for healing, therefore a sling is worn, giving the shoulder time to heal, and preventing further damage.

Shoulder surgery

When the shoulder is broken due to traumatic injury such as a vehicle accident, or forceful fall, treatment may involve surgery.

If bone fragments are shattered, and shifted out of position, surgery is necessary. The fractured bone may be repositioned and fixated with screws, pins, or plates.

If the fragments are too small, or cannot be correctly positioned, shoulder replacement surgery may be necessary.

Factors that determine Broken Shoulder Treatment

Broken shoulder treatment depends on several factors.

Treatments can include wearing a shoulder sling, surgery to replace bone fragments, or shoulder replacement surgery.

Some important factors in determining the proper treatment are:

  • Age of the patient

  • Patient’s general health-is there pre-existing bone disease?

  • How much time has passed between the shoulder injury and diagnosis or treatment?

  • Bone density – is osteoporosis present?

  • Fracture placement-where is the break located in proximity to the shoulder?

  • Condition and placement of fracture fragments-are the fragments scattered or can they be fixated into place?

  • Extent of nerve and/or soft tissue damage surrounding the break

After any broken shoulder treatment, physical therapy is recommended. Supervised physical therapy exercises can help to preserve range of motion.

Normal recovery can be expected for most patients. Only a small percentage of shoulder fractures result in permanent nerve damage.

A period of immobilization will be necessary for approximately 4-6 weeks.

After the first few weeks of healing, more intensive exercises will decrease arm stiffness, and improve the shoulder’s range of motion.

A Broken shoulder is a great inconvenience, but can be managed with proper diagnosis and treatment.

I have produced a complete shoulder relief program that could help you relieve shoulder pain and rehabilitate your shoulder.

Always check with your doctor before doing any exercise and stop the exercise immediately if it causes pain.

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Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

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What is a Broken Shoulder

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Shoulder Pain Management

Shoulder Pain Management

Shoulder Pain Management

Shoulder pain management is varied, and dependent on the source of your shoulder pain.

The shoulder is a complex joint and I see a variety of different causes of shoulder pain every week in my London clinics. The best way to treat pain initially, is to consult with a physician or physiotherapist to ensure that you get a correct diagnosis.

Once the source of shoulder pain is diagnosed, a plan to manage shoulder pain can be prescribed and individualized. Pain relief can include over-the-counter medicines such as Penetrex, drugs prescribed by your doctor, physical therapy, behavior modification, surgery, or a combination of many treatments. The same shoulder pain management may work on one person, but may not relieve pain in another. Some treatments may work specifically for certain shoulder conditions as well.

Diagnosing Shoulder Pain

The more accurate and detailed the description that you provide, the easier it is to diagnose the cause and treatment. Before a visit to your physician or orthopaedic surgeon, it is very helpful for you to have self-assessed the pain that you are experiencing.

Shoulder Pain self-assessment

Being prepared to answer some of the following questions, will help in diagnosing your shoulder pain source. Knowing specifics from you, will help the doctor or specialist prescribe the most beneficial treatment to relieve your pain.

  • When did you first experience the shoulder pain, and how long has it persisted?
  • Where do you feel the shoulder pain? Is it all over the shoulder, or in a specific area?
  • Have you experienced this pain before?
  • Were there any external forces which may have caused the pain, such as strenuous activity, your occupation, or an accident?
  • Have you experienced any other symptoms, along with the shoulder pain?
  • What is the intensity of your pain?
  • Do specific movements or activities increase the shoulder pain intensity?
  • Is the pain constant, or intermittent? Does the shoulder pain continue even when you are at rest?
  • Are you experiencing any weakness, or numbness in your arm?
  • Describe what the pain feels like in various situations. Is the pain burning, stabbing, shooting, dull, or tingling?
  • What types of shoulder pain management have you tried already?

Documenting the answers to these questions is important, because you may forget dates, or important facts which may aid in the correct diagnosis. If your injury is extensive, or your pain seems to be severe, the cause may be determined by other diagnostic measures. X-rays, MRIs, and ultrasound scans can help to delineate your shoulder joint, muscles, and tendons, aiding in the diagnostic procedure

Shoulder Pain Medications

I usaually recommend [easyazon-link asin=”B0026HDURA”]Penetrex[/easyazon-link] for local shoulder pain relief. Nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and NSAIDs with COX-2 inhibitor drugs may be taken, and usually work well with arthritis-related shoulder pain. COX-2 medications contain specific inhibitors, which block an enzyme known to cause inflammation. If shoulder pain is not relieved by NSAIDs, a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD), may be prescribed. DMARDs are believed to correct immune system deficiencies which contribute to arthritic conditions.

Steroid injections may be administered if the pain is related to the rotator cuff muscles. Corticosteroid injections help to relieve pain, as well as inflammation.

If the rotator cuff injury is severe enough, and a tear in the muscle is involved, surgery may be recommended. Any type of over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication may have adverse side effects.

Depending on the type of shoulder pain or injury, surgery would be considered the last alternative.

Alternative Pain Medication

With proper care, a minor shoulder injury often heals on its own. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, you can care for the shoulder by resting, applying ice, taking over-the-counter pain relievers, and doing gentle shoulder exercises. If the pain persists, worsens, or is accompanied by other symptoms, you should seek professional care.

Acupuncture, chiropractic massage therapy, and naprapathy are other alternative ways to deal with shoulder pain. Acupuncture uses sterile needles, placed in strategic points on the body, to control pain.

Chiropractic massage therapy uses manual manipulation of the shoulder joint and soft tissues to relieve pain.

Naprapathy is manual manipulation, ultrasound, electrical impulses, heat, cold, posture and nutritional counseling together, as an alternative type of shoulder pain management.

Lifestyle changes including paying attention to posture, work habits, and exercising regularly can help to prevent shoulder pain.

Doing regular range of motion exercises, taking frequent breaks at work, and resting between repetitive movements will help to prevent, and also ease existing shoulder pain.

Your shoulders are important, and need care and maintenance to work without pain. Often patients arrive at my clinic having put up with shoulder pain for weeks and even months. If shoulder pain is interfering with your day-to-day life or preventing you from sleeping at night don’t put off getting treatment.

The first steps to shoulder pain management are prevention, and a getting an accurate diagnosis of the shoulder pain source. [easyazon-link asin=”B0026HDURA”]Penetrex[/easyazon-link] is very effective for local pain relief and I recommend getting my free report with more free tips and advice for relieving shoulder pain. Just enter your name and email address to receive this valuable guide.

Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

Exercises For Shoulder Pain

Understanding Your Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can be caused by any of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that make up the complex structure of the shoulder.

Understanding your shoulder pain

Understanding your shoulder pain

To understand your shoulder pain it is helpful to know the basic structure of the shoulder, and what part of the shoulder is causing the pain and why.

Shoulder Components Overview

There are a few bones and joints in the shoulder complex, which might prove useful to know about, before and after you are stricken with shoulder pain.

There is much more entailed in the construction and operation of the shoulder, but if the basics are known, the pain may make more sense. Because the intricate muscles, tendons and ligaments are not visible, it is hard to imagine what is causing pain. This is a very brief description of some major components that I hope you will find helpful.

Shoulder Bones and Joints

Clavicle – is also known as the collarbone, and is the only bony attachment between the trunk and upper arm (humerus). It is S-shaped, and connects with the chest bone (sternum), and acromion of the shoulder blade (scapula).

Scapula – is the shoulder blade, and is a flat, triangular bone. Along with the acromion, spine, and coracoid process, the scapula forms the back portion of the shoulder.

Humerus – is the upper arm, which extends from the shoulder to the elbow.

Cortacoid process – is a structure which projects from the scapula (shoulder blade), and is the attachment point of shoulder ligaments and muscles.

Acromion – is the outer end of the scapula (shoulder blade), to which the clavicle (collar bone) is attached, and forms the “point” of the shoulder.

Acromioclavicular Joint (AC Joint) – is the point where the clavicle (collar bone) meets the acromion of the scapula (shoulder blade).

Shoulder Ligaments

Shoulder ligaments are soft tissue structures, which connect bones to other bones. Along with ligaments which join the bones, are muscles, which may be superficial (extrinsic muscles), or deep (intrinsic muscles). When the ligaments are stretched unnaturally, sprained, strained, inflamed, or torn, there will unfortunately be pain. Between the acromioclavicular joint (AC Joint), there are some primary ligaments to be aware of.

Glenohumeral Ligaments (GHL) – are three ligaments which maintain the stability of the shoulder, and help to keep the shoulder in place.

Coracoclavicular Ligaments (CCL) – are two extremely strong ligaments (trapezoid and conoid), which help to stabilize the AC joint, and help to keep the shoulder “square”.

Coracoacromial ligaments (CAL) – link the coracoid process (a small, hook-like structure on the scapula), to the acromion.

Shoulder Muscles and Brief Function Overview

Serratus Anterior muscle – stabilizes the scapula (shoulder blade) when the hand exerts pressure on an object.

Subclavius muscle – depresses the shoulder, draws the shoulder down and forward.

Pectoralis Minor muscle – lowers the shoulder blade (scapula).

Sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) – flexes and rotates the head.

Levator Scapulae – raises the shoulder blade (scapula).

Trapezius – lifts the clavicle (collarbone), elevates and rotates the shoulder blade (scapula) outward.

Deltoid – flexes, extends, and rotates the arm.

This is a long and technical list, but the shoulder is very complex and I hope this helps you to understand your shoulder pain a little better.

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Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

Exercises For Shoulder Pain

 

 

Pain Under Shoulder Blade

shoulder blade pain

Don’t Suffer Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

Pain under the shoulder blade can be a symptom of serious underlying medical conditions including heart attack and cancer. If you suspect any of these conditions seek immediate medical attention.

The human shoulder is a very complex structure, with many muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Any part of these parts of the shoulder joint may at some time cause pain under the shoulder blade.

Shoulder blade pain, whether it is on the left or right side, between or under the shoulder blade, can be caused by damage to these components, or may also be caused by referred pain from another part of the body.

Causes of Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

The shoulder is a very complex structure, and is very vulnerable to injury. Pain under the scapula can be from damage or stress to the actual shoulder components, or may be referred pain, from another part of the body. It is important to note whether overuse, incorrect use, or injury may have caused the pain, or whether the pain is unexplained, and is associated with other physical symptoms.

Because there are many muscles, ligaments, and tendons to over-stretch, overuse, tear, sprain, and strain, it is helpful to know the activity which may have caused the injury. If there are other non-related symptoms, and the pain persists, it is recommended that you seek a professional medical evaluation and diagnosis for treatment.

Shoulder Injury Painshoulder blade pain

Pain under the shoulder blade can be caused by overusing muscles, tendons and ligaments, or the scapula may be fractured in an accident. Lifting incorrectly, strenuous exercise, repetitive strain, poor posture for prolonged periods of time, age, and degenerative diseases of the shoulder components may also be a cause of pain. Osteoporosis, making the bones porous and brittle may contribute, as well as arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation of tendons, or the bursa may cause tendinitis or bursitis, and rotator cuff injuries may include tears, impingement, frozen shoulder, or bursitis.

If the shoulder blade pain is caused by a disorder in another part of the body, the pain is called “referred pain”. Causes of referred pain can include gall bladder disease or gallstones, liver damage, peptic ulcers, pancreatitis, esophagitis, pleurisy, blood clots, ectopic pregnancy, pneumonia, and some cancers. The referred pain in the left shoulder blade could also be caused by cardiovascular disorders such as a torn aorta, pulmonary embolus, and heart attack.

If the pain is referred, other symptoms will accompany the shoulder blade pain, and will occur simultaneously. If the pain cannot be explained by overuse, accident, or misuse, it is recommended that you seek a physician’s opinion, because the pain may be caused by another factor which needs to be treated immediately.

Restricted Movement

Pain Under Shoulder Blade can make it very difficult doing everyday activities. Things like washing or scratching your back can be really painful. Use a simple back washer and back scratcher to reach your back without pain. This bath accessories set will make bathing and showering alot easier.

Pain Under Shoulder Blade Treatments

Unless it is referred pain from another cause of bodily dysfunction, the pain under your shoulder blade should go away in a few days. Resting adequately, using heat or cold compresses, and anti-inflammatory medication and pain medication such as ibuprofen, will help to heal the muscle, ligament or tendon which is causing pain. Exercise designed to aid in healing the injury is strongly recommended also.

If a rotator cuff injury or tear is suspected, it is recommended to seek medical attention to receive an accurate diagnosis, for more effective treatment and remediation, possibly involving surgery and physical therapy. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and Computed tomography (CT) scans can be performed to locate any structural damage to the shoulder. Pain under the shoulder blade is complex to diagnose at times, and if you are not sure of a cause, it is best to seek medical attention, to prevent further damage, and to insure proper healing.

Pain Under Shoulder Blade Rehabilitation

To help you recover from  pain under the shoulder blade I have created a complete shoulder relief program. Generally exercising your shoulder will help you relieve shoulder pain and help rehabilitate your shoulder, but always check with your doctor before doing any exercise. Never repeat an exercise if you feel that it aggravates your pain and stop the exercise immediately if it hurts.

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Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

 

Shoulder Pain from Sleeping

Do you suffer from Shoulder Pain from sleeping?

Sleeping, or more specifically your sleeping position can cause shoulder pain.

One of the most likely causes of shoulder pain from sleeping is an existing shoulder injury that you may not even have noticed. What happens is that your sleeping position is aggravating the injury that you may not even be aware of during the day. This may be due to pressure on the shoulder and/or reduced blood flow to the area.

Using the right pillow can reduce the pressure, increase blood flow and relive pain.

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I recommend trying a [easyazon_link asin=”B001ACOOX6″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”privat-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]special Tempur Neck Pillow[/easyazon_link] that is specifically designed to help shoulder muscles relax.

Many of my patients have found that using a Tempur neck pillow relieves their shoulder pain. The neck pillow is the one I generally recommend but there are also pillows for specific conditions that I review below.

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Sleeping on the injured shoulder causes blood flow to decrease, meaning less oxygen is getting to the shoulder. Pain occurs when the shoulder is not mobile, which increases inflammation, therefore when you are lying down to sleep at night, the pain may increase.

Shoulder pain can stop you from sleeping properly. The right sleeping position can reduce neck and shoulder pain. The right sleeping positions should improve the quality of sleep, as well as prevent injury and prevent further pain to the spine, neck and shoulders if an injury is present.

Changing your pillow to Tempur neck pillow and improving your sleeping position may really help.

Best sleeping position to avoid shoulder pain from sleeping

avoid shoulder pain from sleeping

avoid shoulder pain from sleeping

Because we spend approximately one-third of our lives sleeping, it is really important to find the best sleeping positions for your neck and shoulder pain. Sleep is very important in healing existing injuries, yet it can be difficult to sleep with injury pain, which creates a vicious cycle.

Research suggests that people who experience problems sleeping, are more likely to develop chronic musculoskeletal pain, so it is worth the effort to pay attention to how you are sleeping now, and to try other methods of achieving a restful sleep, if sleep is posing a problem.

The Best Sleeping Positions

Although many people sleep on their stomachs, this is not a sleeping position recommended, because it places additional stress on the spine, upper back, and neck. Sleeping on your side is generally better than sleeping on your stomach. However if you have an existing shoulder injury, you should never sleep on the injured side, even if it is not causing pain.

Sleeping on a shoulder injury may hinder healing and prolong the healing process, which also prolongs the pain associated with the injury.

Sleep on your back

The best way to avoid pain from existing shoulder injuries, or to avoid contributing pain to the neck and shoulder regions, is to sleep on your back. The ultimate sleeping position is where the body is in alignment, with the neck, spine, and shoulders slightly elevated. This position is great for preventing neck and shoulder pain while sleeping, but if some people cannot relax enough to fall asleep in this position. Some compromises may have to be made if you regularly toss and turn, but it is worth trying to sleep on your back, to see if this could reduce your pain and improve your sleep.

Importance of Pillows

Sleeping positions are a priority, and the best way to sleep in order to keep the spine and body aligned, is to sleep on your back. In order to elevate your neck and shoulders slightly, choosing the correct pillow is also important.

The pillow should keep the head and neck in a neutral position as you sleep. If the pillow is too thick, it will push the head forward, yet a pillow which is too soft, will allow the head to sink, causing further neck and shoulder pain or strain.

Finding the most comfortable pillow that supports the neck and shoulders, will also promote healthier rest.

Tempur pillow

Tempur pillow are not a cheap as basic pillows, but they are a worthwhile investment. Teh advantage of Tempur pillows is that they offer the right level of support without being too thick, and they keep their shape.

My first choice is the [easyazon_link asin=”B001ACOOX6″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”privat-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]special Tempur Neck Pillow[/easyazon_link]

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This neck pillow is designed to relax the shoulders and reduce pain, but no one pillow suits everyone and there are several other designs of Tempur pillow that you can try.

I highly recommend trying a [easyazon_link asin=”B00H4P3P8S” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”privat-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Tempur Pillow[/easyazon_link] you may need to try several different pillows to find the one that is best for you, but it is well worth it to ensure your sleep.

Neck and shoulder pain can often be referred pain from the spine, so it is important to make sure that the spine is aligned while sleeping as well.

Generally, the pillow should be 4-6 inches high, when the head is resting on top, and should accommodate changing sleep positions to a degree.

It is important to choose a pillow which is comfortable for you, making it easier to relax enough to fall asleep, so personal preference becomes a factor.

There are several pillow types to choose from, made from various materials and I’ve highlighted my recommendations below:

[easyazon_link asin=”B007MI2L1Y” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”privat-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]A Buckwheat Pillow[/easyazon_link] –   is made of actual buckwheat hulls, and adjusts to the pressure of the head and shoulders resting upon it.

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[easyazon_link asin=”B0002RO3JU” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”privat-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]A Cervical Pillow[/easyazon_link] – restores the optimal curve of the neck, while keeping the neck in alignment with the spine.

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This [easyazon_link asin=”B000FTVCP8″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”privat-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Duck Feather Pillow[/easyazon_link] – conforms nicely to the contours of the neck and shoulders, and is extremely comfortable. This pillow has a unique pillow-in-pillow construction but feather pillows do become compressed over time, and need to be replaced, in order to maintain the correct cervical spine (neck) alignment.

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Travel Pillow

Sleeping in chair, or when traveling can cause shoulder and neck pain.

This [easyazon_link asin=”B000RH7450″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”privat-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Memory Foam Travel Pillow[/easyazon_link] – supports the neck, by preventing the head from dropping to one side, and is mainly used while sitting or reclining.

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When sleeping on the side, the pillow should support the head and neck, while keeping the neck in a natural position. The spine should maintain a straight, and natural line, and weight should be evenly distributed, so that there is no unnatural pressure on the neck or shoulders, causing strain.

Sleeping with shoulder pain conclusion

The secret to sleeping with, or preventing neck or shoulder pain, is finding a position which is beneficial to spinal alignment (sleeping on the back or side), and that is comfortable for you.

Finding the most comfortable pillow that supports the neck and shoulders, will also promote healthier rest. I always recommend trying a Tempur pillow, but you may need to try several different pillows to find the one that is best for you.

Click here for further information about Sleeping Positions for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

 

 

shoulder pain

Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder dislocation results from a traumatic event like an accident or a bad fall.

Dislocated shoulder occurs when the ball of the humerus bone dislocates from the shoulder socket. The shoulder joint is made up of end of upper arm bone (humerus) and shoulder blade (scapula).

Anterior and Posterior Dislocation

There are two types of shoulder dislocation Anterior dislocation and Posterior dislocation.

Anterior dislocation occurs when the ball dislocates behind the socket. Posterior dislocation is where the ball dislocates in front of the socket. Dislocation of shoulder joint is a painful injury and restricts the movements of the affected arm.

Shoulder Dislocation X-Ray

Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder Dislocation

This x-ray shows a typical dislocated shoulder…you can see from the x-ray why a dislocated shouder is so painful!

Shoulder Dislocation Treatment

Treatment for shoulder dislocation involves the Humeral head being repositioned into the glenoid and painkillers are prescribed to give relief from severe pain. This is typically followed by two or three weeks of immobilisation in a shoulder sling

Dislocated Shoulder Exercises

Dislocated shoulder exercises focus on restoring normal range of movement and strengthening the shoulder joint to prevent future injury.

Dislocated shoulder exercises are specially targeted at the rotator cuff muscles. Rotational exercises strengthen the rotator cuff and provide a solid foundation for all shoulder movements. Exercises are usually started after two to three weeks of immobilisation in a sling. Gentle range of movement exercises are done under the supervision of physiotherapist.

The following exercises are generally recommended for a dislocated shoulder but always check with your doctor of physiotherapist to ensure that they are right for your specific shoulder condition.

Shoulder Stretching after Shoulder dislocation

Mild stretching exercise can usually be started after few days in order to keep the shoulder from becoming too stiff and losing range of motion.

Shoulder flexion and abduction exercises

Shoulder flexion and abduction exercises can be done by sitting on a chair or standing in an upright position. Hold your affected arm by placing the arm of unaffected arm below the elbow of the affected arm. Hold the stretch for few seconds and then switch arms. Then gently move in forward direction and move the arms to and fro. Any exercise movement that has you rotating your arm generally is a good rotator cuff exercise.

Isometric shoulder flexion

Isometric shoulder flexion exercises can be started once the arm is out of the shoulder sling. To perform this exercise, stand in an upright position and face towards the wall. Press your hands against the wall, like you are trying to push it against the wall. Hold the position for 5 seconds and repeat the exercise.

Rotator cuff exercise

This is a strengthening exercise in which light resistance can be applied. In this, a light resistance band or a piece of surgical tube is used. Elastic cord resistance strengthens the external and internal rotator muscles of the shoulder. Shoulder stability is restored by strengthening these rotator cuff muscles.

Dumbbell exercises

Mild shoulder lifting exercise is done after a week or more. This is to stabilize the shoulder. Take a light dumbbell in both the hands and stand with weight at your sides. Extend the arms straight to the sides making a T with the body and the arms, and then lower the weight back to the sides slowly.

Heavy resistance exercises

In the advanced stage of recovery, progressive strengthening of the rotator cuff is done by applying heavy resistance. Self-resisted range of movement exercises for the shoulder is done in advanced stage.

Dislocated shoulder exercises are the key to a fast and effective rehabilitation. They help to strengthen ligaments and tendons and stabilize the affected joint. My shoulder program contains full details with clear pictures to make rehabilitating and strengthening your shoulder simple to do at home, you can order it by clicking the link below:

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Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

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How to choose the Right Shoulder Brace

Choosing the Right Shoulder Brace for your Shoulder Injury

Shoulder Brace

Shoulder Brace

Choosing the best suited shoulder brace for specific type of injury may not be an easy task.

Though there are lots of braces for general purpose, most often than not, these braces are not enough to ease the pain and improve the condition of the hurting shoulder.

And if used long-term, chances are the unsuited brace may even aggravate the condition, which may cause more serious problem for the shoulders.

This article is all about the selection process in choosing a shoulder brace. Read on and find out how you can get the best brace for your shoulder condition.

There are many types of shoulder brace available in the market, there are shoulder supports for better posture, surgical braces for rehabilitation, shoulder immobilizer for serious shoulder injuries, compression brace for sports and sling brace for minor injuries.

Each type has its particular function, which obviously affects the materials used for the construction of the brace.

Choosing a shoulder brace by Support level

Support rating schemes are used to rate the support level of a particular type of brace. Usually, braces are labeled as “basic, moderate and high.”

Basic Support Shoulder Brace

This type of support brace is usually made up of smaller and stretchable fabric or light neoprene.

This is good for people looking for minor support for their shoulder during normal day of work or even during sleep, as it’s fairly comfortable to wear. I

f you’re looking for this kind of brace and wear it for long periods of time, then your best bet is to wear something with a strap, as this will help hold the brace in place.

Also, consider the shape of the brace, where do you want it to cut across?

There is a basic shoulder with a narrow strap and cuts right across the chest, and there are types with multiple and even wider straps.

This type however, is uncomfortable to wear, especially for women. And if the brace is made up of neoprene, it can cause sweating, and can be very uneasy to put on. [easyazon-block asin=”B002DPBH1G” align=”none”]

Moderate Support Shoulder Brace

This type shoulder brace support is made up of thicker neoprene, and it covers more shoulder area than the basic type. The fabric is a more comfortable version though, and it usually includes more than one strap to lock in and secure its place in the shoulders.

McDavid 462R Universal Shoulder Support

One of the most popular choices for this type of shoulder brace in Amazon is the [easyazon-link asin=”B000Y8IB3G”]McDavid 462R Universal Shoulder Support[/easyazon-link].

This brace retains therapeutic body heat though its thermal neoprene, which definitely helps promotes healing for the injured shoulder.

This support works best for athletes and active day, as it allows shoulder movement and better support at the same time.

However, if you intend to use a brace for a long period of time, then you might settle for the Basic support with stretchable fabric style. [easyazon-block asin=”B000Y8IB3G” align=”none”]

High Support Shoulder Brace

This type of support level is usually used to completely immobilized the injured shoulder joint or for post-operative recovery.

High support shoulder brace is not usually used for any sports or strenuous activity as it simply doesn’t allow its wearer to move the covered shoulder.

This type of brace may also be made up of tougher materials such as carbon fiber or metal to prevent its wearer in moving the affected shoulder.

Mueller Shoulder Brace

The popular choice for this type of support brace in Amazon is the [easyazon-link asin=”B001IF5X1M”]Mueller Shoulder Brace[/easyazon-link].

This brace is perfect for dislocation injuries and shoulder rehabilitation where total arm rehab is needed. T

his brace includes a 6” wide elastic shoulder strap anchored to a 10” wide band that wraps all over the chest and has a Velcro closure. This creates a backward pressure and a downward pull on the shoulder, helping to reduce subluxation of the joint.

Remember to chose left or right shoulder version depending upon which shoulder is injured. [easyazon-block asin=”B001IF5X1M” align=”none”]

Choosing Shoulder Brace by injury type

Posture related shoulder injuries

For Posture related injury or clavicle problems, then a posture shoulder brace is usually required.

The [easyazon-link asin=”B004CUKPLI”]OPPO Posture/Clavicle Brace[/easyazon-link]and [easyazon-link asin=”B0007D34KI”]Saunders Posture Support[/easyazon-link] are two of the most popular choice for this type of shoulder support. Both provide good support down from the lower back, to spine and shoulders while allowing its wearer for a freer and comfortable movement. [easyazon-block asin=”B0007D34KI” align=”none”] [easyazon-block asin=”B004CUKPLI” align=”none”]

Shoulder Joint injuries

For Joint injuries, then shoulder braces that holds the joint in place can make a lot of difference, as it provide better support in the soft tissue through compression. T

he type of support needed of course depends on the severity of the injury. For minor problems, braces with basic level support are usually enough.

Frozen shoulder and shoulder arthritis

For arthritis problems and frozen shoulder conditions, a [easyazon-link asin=”B00132UPUY”]shoulder brace with thermal wrap[/easyazon-link] can help alleviate the condition by providing heat therapy in the affected area.

These braces though provide heat therapy, and not support. [easyazon-block asin=”B00132UPUY” align=”none”]

Consider these tips in choosing a shoulder brace for your shoulder condition and wear the one best suited to address your shoulder injury.

If in any doubt, always seek proper medical advice from your doctor before using a shoulder brace.

Shoulder Exercise and Shoulder Pain Relief

Exercise is an important part of shoulder treatment. My shoulder program contains full details to help rehabilitating and strengthening you shoulder simple to do at home, you can order it by clicking the link below:

—>CLICK HERE to order My complete Shoulder Program to quickly and easily relieve your shoulder pain<—

Always check with your doctor first, but generally exercising your shoulder regularly will help you get relief from shoulder pain. Never repeat an exercise if you feel that it aggravates your pain. Stop the exercise immediately if it hurts.

Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce

DO MCSP SRP

Exercises For Shoulder Pain

 

Stiff Neck and Shoulder Pain

Have You Started 2012 With Stiff Neck and Shoulder Pain?

If so this is just what you need. To help you get 2012 off to a great start

I have made a series of special short videos that show you how to relieve your shoulder pain.

–>Shoulder Pain Relief Video

These videos are full of sensible, practical advice on how to quickly and easily ease your neck and shoulder pain and increase your mobility.

Get started in 2012 using these 3 simple exercises to start your pain relief.
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If you’ve been putting off doing something about your shoulder, now is your chance to do something about it.

Best of all – these special videos show you step-by-step how to help relieve and rehabilitate your shoulder without the cost and inconvenience of visits the doctor or therapist.

The neck and Shoulder Pain videos are……

  • Simple to follow
  • Exercises you can do at home
  • Things you can do immediately
  • Quick and easy

Look out for more new videos and tips in the next few days.
–>Shoulder Pain Relief Videos

Exercise is an important part of neck and shoulder treatment. My neck and shoulder program contains full details with clear pictures to make rehabilitating and strengthening your shoulder simple and easy to do at home, you can order the full mprogram by clicking the link below:

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Wishing you Health and Happiness in 2012.

Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

Exercises For Shoulder Pain

 

Tendonitis in Shoulders

What Causes Shoulder Tendonitis?

Shoulder tendonitis

The shoulder injury known as shoulder tendonitis occurs when there is an inflammation, irritation and swelling around the rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder joint.

If you suspect that you have shoulder tendonitis you need to see a doctor to have your shoulder x-rayed.

Shoulder tendonitis is a condition that affects both men and women of all ages but is known to be more common to people over the age of 40. Shoulder tendonitis can be very painful even just from a simple movement of the shoulder.

Shoulder Tendonitis Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of tendonitis  include pain with doing activities like raising your arm, or experiencing pain while sleeping on the injured side, weakness of the muscles and cracking sounds when you try to move the arm.

 Shoulder Tendonitis Main Causes

There are many reasons why shoulder injuries are likely to occur, and the most common one is overuse or repetitive strain on the tendon. Tendonitis may also involve the elbow, hand and bicep.

Tendonitis is often felt by individuals who are either sports professionals like golfers, swimmers and baseball players or individuals like factory workers whose work involves repetitive movements of the arms.

Shoulder injuries may also be caused by putting the shoulder under too much strain. This type of shoulder injury is common with body builders and athletes especially at the beginning of the training. It’s very important to use correct training techniques while exercising because carelessness may cause a life time injury to the shoulder.

Shoulder Tendonitis and Age

The age factor plays a big role in causes of shoulder injuries and tendonitis, as you get older the shoulder loses its flexibility and elasticity while the tendons get harder.

Other Causes of Shoulder Tendonitis

Anatomy is also another rare cause of shoulder injuries. Some people are born with a hooked acromion that often causes them to get tendonitis. Sometimes the tendon does not have a smooth surface for its movement making it inflamed and easily irritated, this may be treated by surgery.

Thermal injury may also be a cause of tendonitis, it is often experienced by individuals who are mountain climbers, rock climbers and hikers.

Patients with underlying conditions that weaken shoulder muscles like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and gout are more prone to shoulder injuries. A direct blow to the shoulder or falling on their arms may cause tendonitis.

Shoulder Tendonitis Diagnosis

Shoulder tendonitis is diagnosed by a physical examination and an x-ray. An x-ray is very useful in diagnosing shoulder injuries because it will show if a bone spur is compressing the tendon. An MRI may also be conducted to check if a rotator cuff is torn.

Shoulder Tendonitis Treatment

Most shoulder injuries do not require surgery. They can be treated with medication and physical therapy and controlled with rest and refraining from activities that caused the injury in the first place. Mostly tendonitis goes away over time but if the problem persists then other options may include surgery. Usually minimal invasive shoulder surgery is conducted by an orthopaedic surgeon and the recovery time is usual fast.

 

Shoulder Support

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You may be advised to wear a shoulder support such as the [easyazon-link asin=”B001JEE6Z6″]Thermoskin Shoulder Support[/easyazon-link], especially if you have an active job or if you play sports.

You may also benifit from heat and ice treatment and I recommend the [easyazon-link asin=”B0033MOKEO”]Heat and Ice Therapy Shoulder Wrap[/easyazon-link].

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Shoulder Tendonitis Prevention

A strong shoulder is the best defence against tendonitis, light weight shoulder exercises can be performed daily to help build extra strength. Other simple measures may include relaxation techniques like yoga. Most importantly, avoid overuse of your arms, especially with activities where lifting your hands above your shoulders is required.

My shoulder program contains full details with clear pictures to make rehabilitating and strengthening you shoulder simple to do at home, you can order it by clicking the link below:

—>CLICK HERE to order My complete Shoulder Program to quickly and easily relieve your shoulder pain<—

Always check with your doctor first, but generally exercising your shoulder  regularly will give you good relief from shoulder pain. Never repeat an exercise if you feel that it aggravates your pain. Stop the exercise immediately if it hurts.

Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

Exercises For Shoulder Pain

 

 

What Causes Shoulder Tendonitis?

Do you suffer from Shoulder Tendonitis?Shoulder Tendonitis

Most people have never even heard of Shoulder Tendonitis until they are diagnosed with it.

What is Shoulder Tendonitis?

Shoulder tendonitis is the inflammation, irritation and swelling of the tendons of shoulder joint muscles Rotator Cuff and Bicep.

Shoulder Tendonitis is usually caused by the overuse of the shoulder joint. The shoulder joint itself is the most mobile joint in the body and is a ball and socket type.

Ball and Socket shoulder structure

This is a bit technical, but you need to know this if you suffer tendonitis and the “Ball and Socket” analogy generally helps patients understand what is happening with their shoulder. The head of the humerus bone is the “ball” and glenoid of the scapula is “socket”. The size of the glenoid is smaller compared to the head of humerus, hence the contact between these two bones is rather limited.

Because of size variation in ball and socket the bony articulation provides little stability to the shoulder joint and the bulk stability is provided by soft tissues of the joint such as ligaments and tendons. Therefore the effects of overuse of joint are mainly on soft tissues. The rotator cuff muscle provide dynamic stability to the joint which is comprised of four tendons namely supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres major and subscapularis.

Overuse of joint leads to wear and tear of these tendons causing tendonitis. The tendon of bicep muscle is located in the front of shoulder joint and provides anterior stability. When rotator cuff tendons are overworked the strain will be more on bicep tendon to stabilize the joint. This extra strain on bicep tendon due to rotator cuff tendonitis causes inflammation of bicep tendon.

Shoulder tendonitis is usually caused by one or more of the following things:

  • – Frequent use of shoulder joint in throwing motion or frequent of use of the arm in an overhead  position as in tennis or racquet sports, swimming and baseball.
  • – Age factor- Usually occurs after the age of 40 years
  • – Falling on a stretched arm.
  • – Direct blow to the shoulder joint.
  • – Frequent heavy weight lifting especially weight lifters.
  • – Work nature such as overhead assembly work, butchering.
  • – Job where worker uses an overhead pressing machine
  • – Other diseases which weaken shoulder muscles such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, arthritis, psoriasis.
  • – Rarely infection and unusual drug reaction.

Anybody can develop shoulder tendonitis but it is more common in adults over 40 years of age. As age advances the tendons become less elastic and less tolerant to the stress. Shoulder tendonitis is the most common sports injury due to repetitive minor impact on the shoulder joint and sudden serious injuries in the sports. Professional baseball players, swimmers, tennis players and golf players are especially susceptible to shoulder tendonitis. In any sportsperson who has shoulder tendonitis, the primary cause is improper technique, which causes overload on the tissues including tendons leading to tendonitis.

Shoulder tendonitis treatment

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Since the main cause for the shoulder tendonitis is overuse of the joint, the best treatment is prevention. The person needs to avoid or modify the activity that causes the problem. Improper posture, poor technique in sports and work related issues need to be addressed. In general, and especially in sports, shoulder activity should be started slow and then built up gradually. Warm up and stretch shoulder joint before any activity or sports. Stop the activity if any unusual pain occurs in shoulder joint. As with any medical condition, do seek proper medical advice for your sepcific condition.   My general advice for  shoulder tendonitis treatment it that you should strengthen the shoulder joint tendons with shoulder exercises. I have created a complete exercise program to help your recovery that you can order by clicking the link below:

—>CLICK HERE to order My complete Shoulder Exercise Program to quickly and easily help relieve your shoulder pain<—

Kind Regards
Tim

Exercises For Shoulder Pain