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Swimmer’s Shoulder

Since the shoulder is the most flexible joint in the human body, it often suffers from issues of instability caused by overuse. Swimmer’s shoulder, also called shoulder impingement, is a common condition caused by inflammation from repetitive shoulder activities, most often sports-related, including swimming, baseball, softball, and basketball.

Symptoms of Swimmer’s Shoulder

Common symptoms of swimmer’s shoulder include:

  • A dull ache that is present during activity and rest
  • Pain that gets worse when resting/lying on the shoulder
  • Shoulder or arm weakness
  • Localized pain and inflammation in the shoulder
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Difficulty reaching behind the back

Causes of Swimmer’s Shoulder

Swimmer’s shoulder is most often caused by overuse. Repetitive movements using the shoulder muscles put wear and tear on the area and can cause inflammation of the rotator cuff. Swimming is not the only sport that can cause swimmer’s shoulder. Other sports that require repetitive use of the shoulder for overhead or forceful motion can cause this condition, such as tennis or baseball.

Treatment for Swimmer’s Shoulder

Several treatments can relieve shoulder pain and help inflamed tendons heal. Common treatment options include:

  • Pain relievers: Medications can help reduce inflammation and may relieve discomfort associated with swimmer’s shoulder. Common choices include aspirin, naproxen sodium (Aleve) or ibuprofen.
  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help strengthen the weak muscles, particularly the external shoulder rotators.

Rejuvinix offers a variety of personalized treatments tailored to your specific condition. To learn more about which treatment is right for you, fill out the “Make An Appointment” form at the bottom of this page, or call our office for more information.

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