Workplace Shoulder Injuries
It is important to understand your injury and
what you can do to help your recovery so you
can get back to work and to doing the things you enjoy.
With most shoulder injuries the pain will
settle down with time (usually days to weeks)
as the body heals. Some pain may continue
and remember that hurt doesn’t always equal
As you recover, you may be able to
continue with activities at home and work.
• Shoulder disorders are a common musculoskeletal
• Studies have noted that supervised exercises are equally
as effective as surgery in the majority of shoulder cases.
• Treatment, such as physiotherapy or chiropractic, is the
treatment of choice for a large number of shoulder
• In most cases, surgery is needed only when all other
treatments have not resulted in improvement in your
function and pain levels. There are a few situations where
immediate surgery is required.
A shoulder injury is
challenging and painful.
When you've hurt your
shoulder, it's important to
get medical help as soon as
possible. To help you work
out what might be wrong,
here are different possible
shoulder injuries that you
might be suffering from
Classify and Consider
Your shoulder joint is composed of three bones: the
clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and
the humerus (upper arm bone). Your shoulders are the
most movable joints in your body. They can also be
unstable because the ball of the upper arm is larger than
the shoulder socket that holds it. To remain in a stable or
normal position, the shoulder must be anchored by
muscles, tendons and ligaments. Because the shoulder
can be unstable, it is the site of many common problems.
They include sprains, strains, dislocations, separations,
tendinitis, bursitis, torn rotator cuffs, frozen shoulder,
fractures and arthritis.
Maintain that Machine you Call a Body
Maintaining good physical health and a
positive attitude is important to your recovery
and overall well-being!
• Set goals for yourself to progress your activity
• Activities and movements that do not bring on
your pain are usually helpful for your recovery.
• Planning and pacing your activities is also helpful.
Change the activity you are doing and use short
breaks as needed.
• Walking is a great exercise for your lungs and
heart and is also important to your bone and
muscle health. Good circulation can help with the
Limit bed rest, think Posture
• Prolonged rest and being inactive may delay your
recovery and put you at risk for further injuries.
• Putting a pillow under your arm when you are
sleeping is sometimes helpful.
Some people find lying on their uninjured side with
their injured shoulder up is also comfortable when
supported with a pillow.
• Keep your back straight, shoulders relaxed and try
to keep your shoulders in line under your ears.
Good posture is important to help manage your
pain, especially if your symptoms came on slowly.
Think Hazard Prevention
Staying at work when possible is best for your recovery. Studies show
that people get
better while at work.
• Work with your employer and health care provider to identify the
tasks and duties that you can do safely while you are recovering.
Be open to trying different activities and duties during your recovery.
• Many activities can be performed with your elbows close to your
body and your arms by your side. You may be asked to be careful
with reaching and doing activities over head.
• If you are not sure of the duties and tasks you should be doing,
discuss with your health care provider.
Be positive Be Pro-active
Coping with an injury can be of concern, but
in most cases you will get better with time.
Keep a positive attitude that you will get better
and that your injury will heal!