Shoulder and Elbow Injuries and Rehabilitation

Shoulders and elbows are prone to injury because we use them as well as the muscles around them all the time. If you are suffering from a shoulder or elbow injury, you should immediately look into rehabilitation. If you can’t get to a doctor right away, you can start the rehabilitation yourself by resting and applying ice to the injured area to help reduce pain and swelling. The initial treatment for a joint injury is called, RICE or Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

The joint at the shoulder is a ball-and-socket and has the largest range of motion of out of all the joints in our body. The joint can easily become unstable because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the socket holding it. The shoulder is kept stable by being anchored with muscles, tendons and ligaments. The shoulder can get injured by sprains, strains, dislocations, tendinitis, bursitis, torn rotator cuffs, fractures and arthritis. The shoulder joints are used for the simplest tasks during your daily routines like brushing your teeth or hair. Keeping the injured shoulder stable is difficult and can create an immense amount of pain due to the wide range of motion. Trying to live with shoulder pain can be frustrating and the condition can create disabling symptoms. It is important to keep your shoulder, elbow, and hand mobile enough to allow for movement such as lifting, pushing, and pulling. If you try to do this on your own, you can cause greater injury. Seeking a professional rehabilitation professional who can help you restore the range of motion through exercise is vital for long-term health. A professional will also help you strengthening the muscles around the joint to prevent more injury if important to a speedy recovery.

The elbows main functions are for the joints, muscles, and connective tissues around the joint to position the hand so it can resist a force like throwing a baseball or football punching something, blocking a tackle, lifting something, or twisting open a jar of pickles). The elbow joint is an integral part of the upper torso and does not act in isolation. If you have an injured shoulder joint this, can knock your range of motion out of whack and can contribute to elbow joint dysfunction. It is important when trying to figure out the source of your elbow pain to look beyond the elbow. The elbow, which is also made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid, can create inflammation to the bones or tendons causing pain. There are many structures to the elbow, which if anyone of them get injured or diseased can cause discomfort.

According to Medline Plus, the National Institutes of Health's Web site, produced by the National Library of Medicine, tendinitis is a common cause for elbow pain. Tendinitis is an inflammation or injury to the tendons that attach muscle to bone. Tendinitis of the elbow often stems from a sports injury with repetitive motion like tennis or golf. Treatment depends on the cause so when choosing rehabilitation for the elbow the program should address other areas like the shoulder and neck.

Whether you have injured your elbow or your shoulder both joints rely on each other to work in unison for full healthy range of motion of the arm. If you have tried to treat either joint with the basic rest, ice and elevation and still feel pain and discomfort seek professional help. A rehabilitation center can evaluate you and set you down the right path to health and recovery.