Scientific Approach to Compete Swimming After an Injury - Part-III

As discussed earlier, about 80% amongst swimmers are sufferers of shoulder’s pain. And this pain intensifies with age. The time-period of recovery from an injury is usually long lasting. If you suffer from shoulder pain, sometimes ignoring it and continuing swimming for 2-3 weeks, may reduce your pain. But, in case the pain symptoms persist, you need to consult an orthopaedic surgeon. He/she may further advise you for the following:

  1. Imaging (X-Rays, MRI etc.): Though many orthopaedics may suggest you MRIs, but abnormal reports of MRI of your shoulders doesn’t mean that you need a surgery. These structural deformities you may develop due to continuous swimming. And they may not be responsible for the pain you are suffering at present.
  2. A Cortisone Dose: As cortisone injections are really effective to deal with the inflammation, but one should opt for it only if severe inflammation occurs. It’s really worthwhile to add here, to take turmeric along with milk, a traditional Indian way to deal with inflammation.
  3. To visit a rehabilitative specialist, whether a chiropractor, or physiotherapist, or massage therapist: Usually, when done properly, you need 2-3 weeks of rehabilitation after a shoulder injury. But, in case of a severe injury, it may take a longer time. Rehabilitation is advantageous only if implemented during the accurate phase of an injury. It’s a best way for improvement, but may require high payments.

The Successive Perspectives of a Shoulder Injury

  • Short/Brief Improvement: After returning from an injury, if you feel well or active for the first hour, but after that, exhaustion occurs and you feel tired, it means that you have not recovered fully. Continuing swimming during this phase may lead to re-injury. So, give yourself some more time out of the pool.
  • Full Improvement: After undertaking rehabilitation services for 4-6 weeks, if you enter a pool, and feel that you are just hopping inside the water and feel no pain after a quite long stay in water, you have almost recovered from an injury. Hopping is just due to a long stay away from the pool and can be overcome by again developing a water feel (by staying inside the water for a longer duration.)
  • No Improvement: No changes in Ultrasounds, persistent pain, unchanged symptoms while swimming, reveal that you haven’t improved yet. And you still have to remain away from the pool. You need more and new rehabilitation practices. The optimal rehabilitation system needs to be put into practice daily.

Present System

Staying away from water after an injury is compulsory, according to the health professionals but, some coaches are too antagonistic and want the swimmers to continue swimming even, if not fully recovered, thus aggravating their injuries.

But, the health professionals and coaches both, are in favour of rehabilitation practices, the only common way to recover from injuries.

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