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Is it a Shoulder Sprain?

Shoulder injuries can happen when you least expect it. Maybe you slip, fall, and hit your shoulder on the ground. Perhaps you try to lift something that’s a bit too heavy. Or maybe you strain to reach an object on a high shelf.


Understanding the signs and symptoms of a shoulder sprain allows you to take the appropriate action in the event that you suspect this injury. Here are the five most common shoulder sprain symptoms:


  • Pain and discomfort at the front of the joint.

  • Reduced range of motion.

  • Inability to move your shoulder without discomfort.

  • Swelling in and around the area.

  • Tender to the touch.


While a shoulder sprain isn’t the most serious injury, it still requires your attention. If you have reason to believe you’re suffering from a more serious injury — such as a dislocated shoulder — seek immediate medical attention. Otherwise, rest combined with heat and ice therapy can do wonders for speeding up the recovery process.


Final tip: don’t rush your recovery, as doing so increases the likelihood of reaggravating the injury. Implement the proper treatment strategy and slowly reacclimate yourself to your normal day-to-day activities.


Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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