Friday, December 10, 2010

Watch out for uncheerful shoulder events


I don’t mean from hefting the giant recession gift bag over your shoulder, either.

Stephen Fealy, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY, says ‘tis the season to screw up your shoulder.

Hate to jinx anyone.

The most common injuries are soft tissue--tendinitis, labral tears, and a torn rotator cuff.

Yes, this delightful stuff starts more around age 50. Much of it is cumulative from use over time.

So why are the holidays a problem? Climbing for the tree topper, touch football, drinking leading to bad falls

Dr Fealy (really? What a great name) recommends warming up before sports.

If you do mess up your shoulder, ask yourself if you can still move it around.If you can it could be tendinitis—take ibuprofen for a week. If you can’t, see a doctor.

Ice it—cheap anti-inflammatory. Apply twice a day for 20 mins.

Don’t baby your shoulder too much—this could lead to frozen shoulder…which, as it sounds, is bad.

Oh, heck, pass the eggnog.

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