From the social weekend sports player to the seasoned professional, shoulder injuries are common and limiting. Ligament sprains, muscle strains or tendon inflammation are all very common. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of normal shoulder movement. Shoulder injuries often occur from contact sports, a direct fall on to the shoulder or onto an outstretched arm – or just from overuse/ RSI.
At Michael Pan Physiotherapy in Wandsworth, our physiotherapist will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the root of your injury. We will be looking out for any compensation mechanism in your neck, back and shoulder. We will assess the integrity of your shoulder joint, muscle strength and body mechanics. The physiotherapist will then tailor a rehabilitation program to aid your recovery.
Common Shoulder Injuries
- Rotator Cuff Strain
- Rotator Cuff Impingement
- Dislocated Shoulder
- Frozen Shoulder / Adhesive Capsulitis
- Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow, or its technical name – lateral epicondylitis is inflammation of the forearm muscle tendons that attach onto the outer aspect of the elbow. This inflammatory condition is common in racquet sports and jobs that require repetitive use of the wrist – such as typing. Symptoms include pain and swelling on the outer side of the elbow, however pain may extend up above or down below the elbow.
- Golfers Elbow
Golfers elbow, or medial epicondylitis is similar to tennis elbow, except that it’s on the inside of the forearm. It is inflammation of the flexor tendons which functions to flex the wrist. As the name suggests it is common in golfers, but you don’t have to play golf to suffer from this condition.
Other structures/ factors that can be related to elbow injury includes; the bicep and triceps muscle, irregular scapular rhythm, Repetitive Strain Injury, neck and shoulder tightness.
Wrist and Hand Injuries
The wrist and hand are complex structures and are common sites for injuries in everyday activities or various sports activities. Early and accurate diagnosis of wrist and hand pain will most often allow a safe and speedy return to your daily activity.
Common injury of the wrist and hand includes over use strain – Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).
The common cause of all RSI type conditions is damage to muscles, tendons, nerves through repeated micro-trauma. RSI condition often gets progressively worse if not treated or when sufficient rest is not taken.
At Michael Pan Physiotherapy, our physiotherapist will go through the possible causes of your injury. We will discuss your daily routine and the importance of ergonomics (work station set-ups). Your physiotherapist will assess your posture and look out for any compensation mechanism in your neck and shoulder
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