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Injury Time Out with Capilano| Shoulder Instability with Spencer Carless

| October 19, 2016 | Reply

Shoulder PainThe shoulder girdle is a huge attachment point for many muscles attaching to your arms, neck, and back.  With 17 muscles either originating on or inserting on the scapula alone, the shoulder is a major body mover.

And as we use our hands and arms constantly throughout the day, this produces a low level strain and wear and tear.  On top of this, athletes put even more overtime on their shoulders, especially in high velocity striking sports like volleyball, badminton, and baseball.

Being a former collegiate volleyball athlete, and a current coach, I have seen my share of shoulder pain and strains.  Typically, the players who have properly and effectively trained their shoulder in the off season, do an effective warm up before their activity, and stretch properly following activity last much longer into the season than do those who fail to properly care for their shoulders.

Some of my athletes come into the season unprepared for the volume of movements and velocities that they put their shoulders through.  They develop sore shoulders quickly; tight angry rotator cuffs muscles and then through continuing to use them, develop rotator cuff tendinitis.  Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendon due to overuse of the muscle that inserts into it.  When it is overused it can become irritated and this causes the inflammation.  Inflamed tendons then just become painful to move.  The muscles in the rotator cuff pass through small areas from the scapula to attach onto the arm.  If this space is even more restricted by an inflamed tendon it restricts physical space the muscle and tendon has to move and so greatly restricts range of motion and also causes pain.

Having strong and balanced rotator cuff muscles helps prevent this by preconditioning the shoulder in each range of motion that it can go through.  The stronger the muscles are, the less impact each movement will have on the shoulder resulting in less irritation per movement, which in turn results in a pain free shoulder and allows a power volleyball player to deliver the big kill shot.

There are a number of rotator cuff strengthening exercises that can be done to help the shoulder.  Some are very basic for a single range of motion, some are more complex and dynamic that covers multiple shoulder angles.  Both types are good to do.  Check out our video for a few examples of some great shoulder stability exercises!

Capilano Rehab Centre | Physical Therapy Capilano physical therapists have provided state-of-the-art physical therapy, sports physiotherapy, back pain, WCB, accident, whiplash and injury rehab to clients in Edmonton for over 10 years.

5832 Terrace Rd Edmonton, AB. T6A 3Y8

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I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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