Don’t let Swimmer’s Shoulder Keep You Out of the Water This Summer

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Everyone knows that when it comes to summer activities, swimming is a great way to beat the heat while spending quality time with family and friends. As an exercise, swimming is a fantastic, full-body workout that offers an incredible number of benefits, including cardiovascular fitness and natural resistance that builds tremendous endurance. However, despite its low-impact qualities, it is still possible to create joint sensitivity with improper form and overuse. So, when it comes to painful conditions like Swimmer’s Shoulder, MAPS Centers for Pain Control are here to provide rapid pain relief. What makes MAPS your number one choice for shoulder pain treatment?

What is Swimmer’s Shoulder?

The shoulder joint is the most mobile in our bodies, and because of its “ball and socket” shape, we typically experience a wide range of motion. However, this mobility comes at the cost of stability, and because most standard swimming strokes involve broad or overhead arm movements in both a clockwise and counterclockwise rotation, it’s easy to see how compromised form or overuse can strain the web of muscles, tendons, and ligaments that hold the arm in place. So, ‘”swimmer’s shoulder” is a collective term for shoulder pain and injuries sustained by swimmers and hosts various symptoms.

What Symptoms Should You Watch For?

Shoulder pain from “swimmer’s shoulder” is often experienced as a gradual onset due to repetitive movements. However, pain can also appear as localized tenderness and inflammation in and around the shoulder joint. This pain may radiate into the neck or down the arm and could worsen when resting or lying on that side. Because the condition directly affects mobility, one might also experience challenges when reaching behind the back and overhead. In addition, one may notice a decrease in range of motion, muscle strength, or change in swimming stroke pattern.

How MAPS Provides Shoulder Pain Relief

If shoulder pain isn’t resolving with moderate rest, MAPS Centers for Pain Control are here to help provide long-lasting pain relief. MAPS offers a host of minimally-invasive, non-surgical options that help stretch and strengthen for maximum comfort.

Responsible medication management for pain relief is an essential component of any recovery protocol because when we’re without pain and inflammation, we can truly rest and recuperate the injury through mindful movement.

An injection-based protocol can help deliver the elements essential to support repair at the source of the injury. Some treatments include trigger point injections, cortisone injections, intra-articular joint injections, and inter-scalene/intercostal blocks. In addition, alternative medical treatments like Hyaluronic Acid or Growth Factor injections might also provide quality results.

Minimally Invasive Procedures like radiofrequency ablation can harness the latest medical technology to intercept pain signals from reaching the brain.
Physical Therapy can be a helpful addition to a treatment protocol since eliminating inflammation and pain are only part of the equation for bringing length, strength, and stability to the muscles and structures of a weakened joint.

Take the Weight of Worry off Your Shoulders This Summer
Finding a team with enough expertise and experience to successfully treat shoulder pain can be challenging. That’s why the double-board certified and fellowship-trained physicians at MAPS Centers for Pain Control are your one-stop-shop for fast, effective, and long-lasting pain relief. Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate, conservative care, world-class excellence, and the most advanced protocols available today. Don’t delay! Call us today to learn more.