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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 harm. As you recover, you may be able to continue with activities at home and work. Shoulder Facts • Shoulder disorders are a common musculoskeletal condition. • 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 disorders. • 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. Painful 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! Keep active • Set goals for yourself to progress your activity each day. • 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 healing process. 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!
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