Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injury and Shoulder Tendonitis
What is a Rotator Cuff Injury?
You are at the top of your backswing ready to hit down on the ball and you suddenly feel a sharp pain, together with a popping sound, in your shoulder – that’s your rotator cuff giving way. Some people call it a rotator cuff tear, others call it shoulder tendonitis, it’s really all the same. It is a strain, inflammation or even a tear in the rotator cuff muscles and tendons.
Shoulder injuries like the rotator cuff tear are caused by one of two reasons: general wear and tear (meaning: we are getting older…) and applying excessive force on the shoulder tendons and muscles, especially when the arm in an unusual or awkward position, i.e. on top of the backswing.
Rotator Cuff Injury Treatment
You should treat your shoulder injury as fast as possible, in fact the first 2-3 days are most important to a fast and complete recovery. For the first 2-3 days you need to rest your shoulder as much as possible and apply ice packs to reduce any swelling that may occure. Seek a doctor if you feel there is a need for it, do not delay this.
After any initial swelling has subsided you need to increase the blood flow to the shoulder. One way of doing this is to apply heat via a heat lamp. Another, even better choice is to get your shoulder massaged by a certified therapist. A proper shoulder massage is a great way to increase blood flow to the injured area, and it also helps to reduce the amount of scar tissue that develops during tissue strains and tears. Continue to move your shoulder, don’t keep it still, as long as it doesn’t hurt too much. Movement will help to increase the blood flow to the injured area, resulting in a speedier recovery.
You should get into an easy, not too stringent exercise regime to rehabilitate your damaged shoulder. A good exercise program will also strengthen your shoulder, so any future game of golf will not damage your shoulder any further.
Playing without shoulder pain for the rest of your golfing life is something that should be worth a few bucks, and the we find the following program worth every penny:
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