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Shoulder injury

Monday, January 21, 2013

So last Tuesday I injured my left shoulder exercising. I'm not sure what exactly it was that I did, I think I pulled a muscle, but it's still hurting a lot. I've tried icing it, but it doesn't seem to be doing anything to help. I wish I could just snap my fingers and have the pain go away, but then again, if I could do that, I'd make my fibromyalgia go away and all my fat would disappear too. Oh how I wish I could do that.
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    I was a licensed massage therapist working with injured patients for 12 years. You should ice an injury immediately after an injury for the first 72 hours. After this time period it is safe to use heat for its therapeutic benefits. You are also safe to do some self massage on the shoulder using your opposite hand. You can also take over the counter non steroidal anti-inflammatory or NSAID medication like ibuprofen or naproxen (be careful if you have stomach or kidney issues). The NSAID will counteract the inflammation in your shoulder. Between heat, self massage, an NSAID, and resting it, you should feel better within the next few days to one week. If your pain lasts beyond two weeks, I'd suggest giving your doctor a call. Feel better and good luck!
    1913 days ago
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