Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Meeting with a doctor about joint pain can be confusing at times, especially because there can be so many different causes for your condition. Dr. Kevin McIntyre of Burlington Sports Therapy takes a deeper look at shoulder impingement (also known as shoulder pain) and breaks down several of the common causes. Here’s an excerpt:

It’s always easier to understand a condition when we simplify it. This happens quite often in the world of physical rehabilitation. An example in the knee would be the diagnosis of patellofemoral syndrome. This is a term that many practitioners use to describe a patients knee pain, yet it doesn’t specifically distinguish between various causes of pain in this area. Quite often patients are diagnosed with a condition in the shoulder called impingement. Again, this is helpful for some patients so that they can understand their condition better, but it is still a very vague term.

Check out the full article and learn more about the common causes of shoulder pain.

Baseball Injuries Are On The Rise

We recently came across an article which revealed that injuries among Major League Baseball players are increasing, even though advances are being made in sports medicine. In fact, players are sustaining more injuries today than they ever have in the past.

Articles like these help make us aware of the importance of safety when playing sports such as baseball and softball. Some of the ways baseball players can sustain injury are:

  • sliding in to base (or having another player slide in to you)
  • running after a ground ball
  • running to catch a ball
  • pitching
  • squatting for long periods of time as a catcher

Baseball braces and supports
are an essential part of baseball safety. They help provide compression and stability to reduce your chances of injury. No matter which activities you participate in, make sure to wear the right gear and stay safe!

Immobilization – The Key to Healing Broken Bones

Have you ever broken a bone in your arm? Our natural reaction when falling or bracing for an impact is to extend our arms. Because of this, broken arms and shoulders are common injuries.

It can take several weeks or even months for a broken arm to heal completely. Immobilizing your arm is a key factor during the rehabilitation process. Immobilization helps keep your bones aligned as they heal and can also reduce pain, swelling and muscle spasms. Most likely your physician will align your bones back into proper place, and then place a cast on the affected area. Your doctor may also recommend that you wear an arm sling or arm immobilizer to help provide extra support and to prevent you from moving beyond your range of motion too early. Nowadays arm slings come in various designs. They come with breathable fabric and some even have pockets so you can ice your injury to help enhance the healing.

If you ever experience a broken bone, make sure to see your physician immediately so you can start healing as soon as possible!

How to Prevent Shoulder Injuries From Swimming

Swimming is considered one of the best types of exercises for individuals who need an activity that is easy on the joints. However, most people are not aware of the shoulder injuries that can occur from swimming. The most common is known as swimmer’s shoulder, usually caused by repetitive use of the shoulder joint from swim strokes. In fact, up to 70% of competitive swimmers are affected by swimmer’s shoulder.

Here are some tips you can follow to decrease the chances of shoulder pain and injury from swimming:

  • Minimize injury by dealing with shoulder pain immediately. Take a break from swimming and ice the area to minimize inflammation. (Recommended: DonJoy Dura*Soft Shoulder Wrap)
  • Don’t swim if you’re sick, tired or cold. These symptoms are your body telling you that you may not be fully ready to swim, which could lead to injury.
  • Warm up before getting in the water. You can do some light jogging, walking or even jumping jacks. Anything that gets your blood pumping.
  • Stretch after warming up. Focus on your shoulders, but don’t forget to stretch your back, legs, and arms as well.
  • Perform exercises that strengthen the muscles, such as weightlifting. Build up the muscles in your shoulders and upper back.
  • Make sure you are using the proper swimming techniques. If necessary, take a class with a certified swim instructor.

As with any activity, health comes first. If you do find that you have persistent shoulder pain, make sure to consult your doctor.

Football Knee Braces for Injury Prevention

Earlier this week we posted about how to prevent football injuries. Knee injuries are especially common in football because of the tackling, sharp turns and lateral movement in the sport. Wearing football knee braces can help prevent injuries to the knee when playing. Here are some of the top football knee braces:

DonJoy Armor Knee Brace with FourcePoint Hinge – Great after an injury has occurred, but more importantly it can also help prevent an injury from happening in the first place. Comes with the patented FourcePoint hinge which is the only knee brace hinge proven to prevent ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries.

DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace – This knee brace also comes with the FourcePoint hinge. It conforms to your knee’s natural motion so you won’t feel restricted when moving around.

DonJoy Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace – A knee brace designed for maximum patient comfort. It provides knee stability before or after injury and is also easy on your wallet.

DonJoy FullForce Ligament Knee Brace – This knee brace is especially designed to help protect the ligaments in the knee, including the ACL, PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), MCL (medial collateral ligament) and LCL (medial collateral ligament).

Need more guidance? Choose a football knee brace based on your position with this guide to brace by football position and injury.