shoulder pain and injury treatment

Shoulder Pain and Injury – Most shoulder pain and injuries involve the ligaments, muscles and tendons in and around the shoulder joint. Other bone-related injuries include fractures of the collarbone, the upper arm or shoulder blade.

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Identifying a Shoulder Injury – What to Look For

If you suspect a shoulder injury it’s important to see a qualified physician to receive an accurate assessment of the injury. If you choose to ignore the pain, you could aggravate the condition, and potentially cause more issues. 

Common symptoms of an elbow injury include:

  • Stiffness in the shoulder joint
  • Inability to rotate the arm in regular positions
  • Feeling like the shoulder could pop or slide out of the socket
  • Aching, roaming pain that’s hard to pinpoint

Although it is helpful to be educated on shoulder injury treatment, the best thing you can do when an injury occurs is to contact a qpualified professional.

Treating a Shoulder Injury – How You Can Help

Elastoplast offers a range of shoulder injury management products to help you protect and care for you and your family.

While you are waiting for a physician, be sure to rest the sore shoulder in a comfortable and safe position close to the body. Apply a cold to the affected area for 20 minutes every 2 hours to help reduce any swelling. 

You can also follow this taping technique to help to reduce muscle pain, increase blood flow, avoid cramps and, assist in the reduction of bruising.

Step 1

Attach anchors over the shoulder (A) and around the chest below the nipple (B) with Elastoplast Sport Rigid Strapping Tape. Add another anchor on the arm (C). Make sure the nipple is protected using a nipple foam ring or foam covering piece.

Step 2


Apply 2-3 diagonal straps of Elastoplast Sport Rigid Strapping Tape from the shoulder anchor to the arm anchor and repeat in the opposite direction. 

Step 2


Repeat strapping several times for increased joint support and to further restrict mobility in the shoulder joint. Reinforce with extra strips along the anchors (shown in white).

Step 4


Overwrap with Elastoplast Sport Adhesive Bandage using an overlapping spiral with a figure 8 at the shoulder joint to completely cover the rigid tape. (This will help provide extra protection). Use Elastoplast Sport Rigid Strapping Tape to lock the bandage in position.

Preventing a Shoulder Injury – How to Best Prepare Yourself

There are a number of proactive ways you can help prevent shoulder injuries from occurring or reoccurring.

  • Remain hydrated before, during and after exercise
  • Practice sport using the correct technique to avoid muscle fatigue
  • Focus on ensuring equal flexibility in all areas of the shoulder joint with strengthening exercises and stretches, before and after workouts. Check out our video library here
  • Build strong core muscles before playing sport to avoid any extra strain being passed on to the shoulder joint
  • Optimise your workspace so it is ergonomically suited to your body
  • Be conscious of walking, standing and sitting with optimal posture. Try this exercise to reduce pain from tense shoulders.