Shoulder steroid injection frequency

If you begin having pain in your shoulder with shooting then try to reduce bow weight and your amount of practice. Do the above stretches and conditioning exercises and use anti inflammatory medications such as Advil. Mild injuries should do very well with conservative treatment. If the pain worsens or becomes more chronic then you should seek medical care. A good place to start is with your family physician. You will need a careful evaluation of your shoulder to locate areas of inflammation or complete tears. Some family docs are much better at this than others. If your physician seems to understand your problem and has made a careful diagnosis and treatment plan then you are all set. If he or she isn't helping you then specialty consult may be needed. A physician who specializes in shoulder injuries such as an Orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine physician will be able to fully evaluate your shoulder and understand the mechanics of bow shooting and how this places stress on your shoulder. These specialists also are used to dealing with athletes and will understand the "necessity" of drawing a bow in November. They will be experts in quickly rehabilitating your shoulder and getting you back to shooting in the shortest amount of time. If conservative treatment fails or is not working fast enough (elk season starts in a week and you can't get to half draw) then steroid injections may be necessary. These can very quickly resolve inflammation which can have you shooting in no time. Unfortunately they do nothing to correct the underlying problem which caused the inflammation in the first place and the pain will likely recur unless you make changes in your form or conditioning. Also, the steroids are not really good for your tendons and repeated injections actually weaken the tendon. Most physicians feel that 5-6 injections are the maximum for any single joint and I think that is on the high side. So steroids can work temporary miracles but should not be seen as a permanent solution to your shoulder pain.

Shoulder steroid injection frequency

shoulder steroid injection frequency

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