Shoulder pain as a result of swimming activities is the typical symptom for swimmer’s shoulder. The common injury among professional swimmers can be attributed to several factors including inadequate muscular strength and stamina around the shoulders, looseness of the shoulder joint, and poor stroke mechanics, as well as inflexibility of the chest muscles, among others.
Fortunately, swimmer’s shoulder can be treated by the sports medicine professionals at any of the Healthpointe clinics, such as the Colton clinic near Rialto, Bloomington, San Bernardino, Loma Linda, Highgrove, and Grand Terrace.
Your doctor will usually recommend the following treatment steps aside from the anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers:
- Avoid butterfly and freestyle strokes that cause pain. You may even be required to avoid swimming for a certain period until your muscles have sufficiently healed for the next step – shoulder rehabilitation.
- Ice your shoulder daily. Avoid direct application of ice on your skin but use an ice pack instead.
- Perform warm-up exercises before swimming. Your shoulder muscles will have lesser risks for injuries.
- Modify your frequency and distance training. While you can resume swimming after the recommended rest period, you should make a gradual comeback so as to lessen the risks for a relapse.
- Perform kicking drills but ask your training coach about these exercises.
- Use a pull buoy, which will decrease drag and lessen the stress on your affected shoulder. You may also use fins to maintain good body position.
Avoid training your upper extremities especially with the use of weights.
You should also look at your strokes since biomechanical errors are also the culprits behind swimmer’s shoulder.
Your doctor will usually recommend a 3-day rest period with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications prescribed to facilitate healing and reduce pain. Your condition will then be re-assessed after the rest period, which may or may not result in the go signal for resumption of training.
You should discuss your treatment plan and period with your doctor since self-treatment will likely worsen your injury. You must be vigilant about worsening symptoms, such as pain persisting outside of swimming or pain persisting at night, since more aggressive treatments may be required.
Come and visit any of our clinics, such as the Corona clinic (near Norco, Home Gardens, Mira Loma, and Pedley) for an effective treatment plan for your injured shoulder.
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