Saturday, January 30, 2010

Rotator Cuff Stuff

This blog is dedicated to the athlete that has been experiencing shoulder pain.

I have been working with some of the coaches and athletes at the Capital City Volleyball Club and have been seeing a lot of shoulder injuries. So here are some tips on what to do when shoulder aches and pains seem to be getting the best of your game.

1) Get it checked out by a professional!!!!! I can't emphasize this enough. Proper diagnosis will save you pain, money, and frustration. Proper diagnosis can save you from paying for costly MRI's, probable surgery and missed practices.

2)If you are in doubt of whether to heat or ice your shoulder, it is better to err on the side of ice. In most cases inflammation is part of the shoulder problem and a good 15 to 20 minutes of ice several times a day will help you get a handle on it.

3)No pain no gain is not a great philosophy to live by! Don't continue to do exercises, practices, or movement patterns that elicit pain. The problem will not eventually go away if you continue to do the same thing over and over again. In fact you will probably irritate it more and cause further damage.

If you have any further questions I can be contacted at my office at 775-882-3555 and remember that consultations are always welcomed and free of charge.

1 comment:

  1. I'm the strength and conditioning coach for Capital City Volleyball, and I have to tell you - Brian Russell is the best sports chiropractor I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

    Messed up shoulders, knees, and backs are prevalent in competitive volleyball players.

    I do everything I can with corrective exercise, but if they are out of alignment, their bodies will always fight them. It's like dropping a new engine in an old car that is out of alignment.

    Well, Dr. Russell gets them back in alignment so they can play at their best.

    Thanks Brian!