Tearing of the muscle tissues as well as over-straining of the shoulder can easily occur to anyone. This normally happens when abrupt pressure or pulling is placed upon the shoulder joint. This is more common among people who are not used to certain types of shoulder motions or have weak muscles in that area.
What are the symptoms of shoulder muscle strain?
First and most obvious, is the pain felt after injury has been sustained. The severity of the pain will be determined by how badly you have pulled your shoulder. It can range anywhere between a sharp and acute type of pain to a mild tingling soreness of the joint. Even though you might be able to move your shoulder and arm at this stage, the pain might be quite unbearable. If the injury sustained is bad, it can cause immobility and set you back from doing your daily tasks for many months.
Shoulder stiffness is also associated with this type of injury. When you pull a muscle, your body automatically reacts to it and the muscle fibres around your join start to contract, making it increasingly different for you to move it. This is normal and it’s a sign for you to rest the affected joint and not put any further strain on it.
If your rotator cuff has been damaged because of this, you will find that doing the slightest amount of lifting can be a huge effort. The strength of the arm and shoulder is compromised in this case and if it’s bad enough, you might not be able to lift your arm past a certain angle.
How Do You Treat A “Pulled” Shoulder?
Some cases where bruising or swelling has occurred, will require you to apply immediate ice compression packs on the affected area. This will reduce the swelling as much as possible and in turn, give you some extra pain relief later on. Remember, just like any other sprained joint in the body, you need to keep the area immobile and rested, preferably in this case with a shoulder sling or immobilizer. You can find these widely available at your local chemist.
Avoid putting your shoulder under any further strain. If the pain is unbearable, get advise from your doctor. He or she may prescribe you with some pain killers that will help. Once the pain subsides, you will notice a further stiffening of your shoulder joint and you might require some rehabilitative exercises to bring your shoulder back to full strength.