A sprain in the shoulder involves injury to the ligaments while a strain involves injury to the muscles around the shoulder. A sprain/strain typically occurs because the tissue has been overstretched too quickly, resulting in micro-tearing of the tissue. This results in inflammation, pain, and reduced movement in the shoulder.
The damage from a sprain/strain can be minor or major, depending on the severity of the injury, the person’s health, and their age. As we age, our tissues become less elastic and more prone to tearing.
How our physiotherapists can help
Physiotherapy plays a very important role in the recovery from a sprain/strain. First, the focus will be to reduce pain and inflammation while gently trying to improve range of motion. After the inflammatory phase, the focus shifts to attaining full range of motion and then gradual strengthening of the injured areas to regain normal strength and function of the shoulder. Throughout the entire process, education regarding prevention of future injury is discussed. If you have suffered a shoulder sprain or strain, book an appointment with us today so that we can help you feel better and get you back to doing what you love!