If you specialize in treating patients with nerve damage, you’re probably used to seeing patients with
Any of those illnesses can cause nerve damage and peripheral neuropathy.
But another less chronic patient population you can serve are the weekend warriors…
Those sports enthusiasts who live to play baseball, football, volleyball or even for kayaking.
This patient population is more prone to shoulder injury and the resultant shoulder pain caused by suprascapular neuropathy than the average person.
Patients with suprascapular neuropathy can be especially challenging because
They often wait to come in for treatment until they have a serious problem; and
Part of their treatment will need to be rest and not participating in their favorite pastime
In order to give you a better chance for having a compliant patient, they need understand exactly what they’re dealing with.
They need to understand that they can’t just muscle through the pain and “work it out.”
If you experience any of these issues, contact your doctor or your local NeuropathyDR® clinician immediately to determine if you have nerve damage. You’ll need to start treatment immediately in order to prevent permanent damage.
What caused the suprascapular neuropathy
How severe the patient’s symptoms are
How long the patient has had symptoms
The result the patient wants to achieve
Your first step will be to limit the patient’s activities. Once they’ve rested the shoulder, you can start them on an exercise program designed to increase their ability to use their shoulder, regain some flexibility in the joint and strengthen the rotator cuff. Once you’ve achieved a degree of relief for your patient, you can modify the exercise program to fit their sport of choice.
The ultimate goal should be to regain their range of motion in the shoulder and strengthen the muscles in order to prevent future nerve damage.
The end game in treating patients with suprascapular neuropathy caused by sports injury should be to repair the damage they’ve already done and prevent them from doing damage in the future. That will require a little more in-depth involvement on your part.
You need to analyze your patient’s technique to see if they are using proper form and see if any changes need to be made to prevent recurrent injury.
The NeuropathyDR® protocol is ideally suited to treating patients with sports related suprascapular neuropathy. Early intervention with a physician well versed in suprascapular neuropathy, like a NeuropathyDR® clinician, is their best course of action.
When you’re trained and ready to work with them, let them know you’re there.
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1 http:// www.webmd.com/a-to-z guides/shoulder-problems-and-injuries-topic-overview