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Deltoid Strain? How it can be ‘delt’ with

The deltoid muscle, also known as the shoulder muscle, is responsible for a wide range of arm movements, including shoulder flexion, abduction, and rotation. Due to its complex movement and frequent use, the deltoid is susceptible to injury, causing pain and discomfort. Deltoid injuries can range from mild strains to severe tears, and it's essential to understand the causes, symptoms, and treatment options to ensure proper recovery.


Symptoms of Deltoid Injuries:

  • Pain and discomfort in the shoulder, especially when moving the arm

  • Bruising and swelling in the affected area

  • Weakness or instability in the arm

  • A popping or snapping sensation during the injury

  • Difficulty moving the arm

Causes of Deltoid Injuries:

  • Overuse or repetitive motions

  • Sudden movements or lifting heavy objects

  • Fall or direct impact to the shoulder

  • Ageing and degeneration of the tendons

Treatment for Deltoid Injuries:

In many cases, deltoid injuries can be treated with rest, ice, and physiotherapy. However, if the injury is severe, surgery may be required to repair the damage. Physiotherapy is an effective method for treating deltoid injuries as it helps to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and strengthen the affected shoulder.

Benefits of Physiotherapy for Deltoid Injuries:

  • Reduces pain and inflammation

  • Improves range of motion and flexibility

  • Strengthens the affected shoulder

  • Prevents future injuries

  • Helps return to normal activities

Our physiotherapy program for deltoid injuries typically involves a combination of exercises and techniques, including:

  • Stretching and range of motion exercises

  • Strengthening exercises to rebuild muscle and tendon strength

  • Massage and manual therapy to improve circulation and reduce pain

  • Ice and heat therapy to reduce swelling and pain

  • Electrical stimulation to aid in healing and improve strength

Deltoid injuries can cause significant discomfort and affect daily activities. However, with proper treatment, including physiotherapy, most individuals can recover from deltoid injuries and regain their full range of motion and strength. If you suspect you have a deltoid injury, it's essential to seek the advice of a medical professional to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Physiotherapy can play a crucial role in ensuring a successful recovery and preventing future injuries. Email or call us today to get started on your journey!


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