Shoulder Injuries and Shoulder pain

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It is very easy to injure a shoulder through sudden movements during sport, gardening or DIY. Sometimes shoulders can become more vulnerable to injury with repetitive sports and movements.

Symptoms of shoulder injury, sprain or overuse

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Immediate management during the first 48 hours after injury

Management after 48 hours following injury

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You should undertake the following exercises several times to prevent joint stiffness, aiming to gradually increase the range of movements in your shoulder. You should only exercise to the point of pain and if the exercise becomes increasingly painful stop and rest or try a different movement.

  1. Stand beside a table and lean on it for support with your uninjured/ unaffected arm -allowing your injured arm to gently swing away from your body
  2. Keeping the above position, you should start to gently swing your affected arm backwards and forwards,moving it as far back or forwards as pain allows. Repeat this exercise over 2 minutes if possible
  3. Keeping the same position, you should gently move your arm across over your chest and out to the side as far as possible as pain allows. Repeat this exercise over 2 minutes if possible
  4. From either a sitting or standing position - depending on which you find most comfortable - move the effected arm in small circular movements, gradually increasing to larger circles as pain allows. Repeat exercise for 2 minutes if tolerated
  5. Either in a sitting or standing position,clasp your hands together, supporting the affected arm with the strong one and raise both arms up as high as possible. Try and repeat this movement 3-4 times
  6. As time progresses you should start to be able to move the arm with greater ease and gradually introduce light activities as the pain allows

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If you are concerned, please contact the Emergency Department you first attended:

Mercy Injury Unit, Gurranabraher (021)4926900

LIU Mallow(022)58506

LIU Bantry(027)52900

Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan. Last review Dr ÍOS1/07/22.