During the hot months of Texas, athletes often decide to escape the heat and swim more than they normally would. As a result, your body might not handle the overuse of your shoulders, causing your muscles and tendons to become fatigued. Swimmer’s shoulder is often referred to as impingement syndrome because the tissues within your shoulder become chronically irritated from the repetition.
Dr. Kelly Cunningham can help with your swimmer's shoulder pain. The symptoms to watch out for include: pain when swimming, especially performing freestyle and backstroke; pain when resting on the shoulder; and, when the swimmer’s shoulder is most severe, pain when touching the area. The majority of the time, swimmer’s shoulder heals by resting the shoulder, icing the area, stretching, and rehabilitation to get the shoulder muscles stronger. You will also need to work on correcting your swimming form to prevent this injury from reoccurring.
However, an injection of biologic PRP or Stem-cell may be required if you continue to have pain, swelling, and stiffness: you may have developed an acute or chronic injury, with painful cartilage damage, as a result, robbing you of the enjoyment of swimming and an active lifestyle.
Occasionally, a day-surgical procedure may be warranted to repair a minor rotator cuff or labral injury or remove a bone spur, as well.
In order to get you back to training as fast as possible, and most importantly without pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelly Cunningham at Austin OrthoBiologics. He can provide several innovative treatment pathways to restore cartilage health and function, decrease pain, and promote healing. Shoulder injuries are among the most common orthopedic problems that he evaluates. He knows how to get you back in the pool stronger so that you can train and perform better than before.