Treatment Options for Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder Injury Treatment Options

Separated shoulders are an injury to the acromioclavicular (AC) joint. AC joint injuries are most commonly caused by impacts such as a fall directly onto the shoulder or a hard hit in hockey. Treatments for AC joints vary depending on the severity of the injury which can be determined through an assessment and possibly X-rays. It is important to treat all the tissues around the AC joint for a full recovery and return of full range of motion. Treatments such as Active Release, Graston, and Shockwave are very beneficial for this type of injury. Kinesiotaping is another method our practitioners use to aid in recovery.

Shoulder massage can reduce pain by relieving nerve compression, muscle strain, and joint pressure. You will have more range of movement and the shoulder joint will be more flexible.

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Yes, there is parking at the Human Integrated Performance performance facility for massage therapy clients. We have free 2-hour parking at ground level and underground. Additionally, our professional staff can help you with directions or any other questions you may have.

Massage therapy can be used alongside various therapies and treatments to enhance overall health and well-being. It complements physical therapy, chiropractic care, and sports medicine by promoting muscle relaxation, pain reduction, and improved flexibility. Additionally, it can aid in stress reduction, mental health support, and postoperative recovery. Massage therapy is often integrated into complementary medicine practices, pregnancy care, and cancer treatment support. While it offers numerous benefits, it should be used in conjunction with medical advice and treatment, ensuring a collaborative and safe approach to holistic health.

The average massage therapy session is 30 minutes to 1 hour long. But the therapist can make it shorter or longer, depending on what kind of massage you want and how long you want it. For example, if you want a deep tissue massage, it may be more than 1 hour. If you just want to relax, it may be only 30 minutes. It is best to talk with your massage therapist before the massage. This way you can figure out how long the massage should be.

The primary tendon affected in a shoulder impingement is the rotator cuff tendon, which is a tendon for the teres minor, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, and subscapularis muscles. These muscles contribute to overall joint stability and travel from your shoulder blade to the top of your humerus (arm bone), and are responsible for external rotation, internal rotation, and abduction.

The most common symptom of shoulder impingement is pain with overhead motions, such as throwing, catching, or hitting. Other symptoms include localized swelling around the shoulder joint, pain reaching behind your back, and general shoulder stiffness.

Most shoulder impingements resolve through noninvasive therapies, such as manual therapies, exercise, and anti-inflammatory medications. If these therapies fail to resolve the issue, a cortisone injection may be considered, which can help resolve the lingering pain and inflammation in the joint. If this therapy fails, then surgery may be considered. However, surgery is typically reserved for very severe shoulder impingements that do not resolve within two years.