SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release, Aug. 2, 2016
FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans enjoy summer sports, but nobody enjoys heading to the emergency room when their favorite form of exercise leads to serious shoulder pain.
However, doctors who specialize in joint health and sports medicine have some suggestions on how you can take steps to avoid this kind of injury.
"Sports such as swimming, golfing and volleyball require repetitive, overhead motion. The rotator cuff muscles are often the target of injuries and can get irritated or fatigued with overuse," said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Vani Sabesan. She is a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
It's important to practice safe techniques with each sport to safeguard against injuries and to take rest periods from time to time, Sabesan said in an academy news release.
The AAOS and the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine offer the following tips to prevent shoulder injuries in golf, swimming and volleyball:
Over 15 million visits to U.S. doctors' offices in 2012 were related to shoulder issues, such as pain, soreness, discomfort, spasms, stiffness and limited movement, the AAOS said.
And according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, among people treated in U.S. emergency rooms and doctors' offices in 2015: over 131,000 were seen for injuries related to golf; more than 265,000 were seen for injuries related to swimming; and an estimated 183,000 were there for volleyball-related injuries.
The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about shoulder problems.