The Weight of the World: Overcoming a shoulder injury

People who have lived through a shoulder injury will often say that the rehabilitation is perhaps one of the hardest that you could go through due to how uncomfortable and awkward it might feel at times. While that might be true, no injury is pleasant; nursing and properly caring for this type of injury is vital for people to regain a normal life afterwards. Here is what you must keep in mind during the healing process in order to ensure a successful and complete recovery, preventing any further damage or exposure for re-injury.

Types of shoulder injuries

There are three types of injuries that can affect the shoulders. They are: Dislocated shoulder, separated shoulder and a rotator cuff injury. Each has their own type of symptoms, treatment and care.

1-Dislocated Shoulder

When the upper arm bone slips out of the socket we have what is known as a dislocated shoulder. The bone can slip forwards, backwards, or downwards depending on the impact that caused the injury. Also a dislocation can be just “partial”, meaning that the bone hasn’t “popped out” entirely off its socket. A Shoulder dislocation is more prominent in high impact sports, such as football, hockey, rugby, and wrestling, among others. It can happen when major blows impact that area of the body.

2-Separated Shoulder

Whenever there is a tear on the ligaments that connect the acromion and collarbone, that’s called a separated shoulder. The acromioclavicular joint, also known as AC joint,  is where our collarbone meets the acromion (the uppermost part of your shoulder blade). This type of injury is provoked by getting hit very hard on that area.

3-Rotator cuff injury

A rotator cuff injury is when the set of four muscles that allows the shoulder to move suffers from strain and tendonitis. If you overwork the tendons of the rotator cuff you might be putting yourself at risk of tearing the rotator cuff muscles. Depending of the severity of this shoulder injury, you might need to have surgery performed to fix the issue properly.


The best way to have some sort of prevention for these above-mentioned injuries requires stretching and strengthening your shoulder muscles during your workouts. Furthermore, working on a wider range of motion from your shoulders can be of  great help to keep that area strong and protected.

Overcoming shoulder injury

Whether it is a dislocation, separation, or a tear, any type of shoulder injury requires the user to be careful and follow doctor’s orders. Resting the affected area is a big part of rehabilitation.  The shoulder is an area that requires particular care and immobilization due to the risk of having the injury not heal properly or for it to happen again. There are a large variety of orthopedic shoulder supplies that can help keep the shoulder in place during the healing process.

Furthermore, pain management supplies are also available to help you deal with the discomforts that come with a shoulder injury during recovery. It is very important that you follow your doctor’s instructions closely; it will definitely help the process move along faster.

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