Chest Injuries in Happy Valley
Your pectoral muscles are the muscles that span across your chest and insert into the front of your shoulders. Both men and women have pectoral muscles and can resistance train them for gains in strength and size. Even though our pecs are relatively large and readily developed from training, they’re still susceptible to injury. Particularly, overuse injuries are the most common plague of athletes and weight lifters. These strains can lead to pain anywhere through the chest musculature but are commonly found closer to the front of your shoulders. The front of our shoulders are a hot spot of many musculature crossings and activity. Sometimes pain in the front of your shoulder is due to a regional overuse rather than a specific muscle overuse. For example, your pecs, lats, delts, subscapularis and biceps ALL cross each other in this area. So, if you’re alternating pressing and pulling workouts at the gym, this region is experiencing muscle activity every workout!
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Right away you can begin self-managing the inflammatory process to reduce symptoms by using a cold pack to your chest and front of your shoulder immediately after workouts. If OK with your primary care provider, beginning a regiment of NSAIDs (Ibuprofen or Naproxen) can also largely minimize further symptoms. After initiating inflammation management, you should look to be evaluated by one of our Doctors of Physical Therapy for establishing a clear and defined treatment plan.
Physical Therapy for Chest Injuries
Simplified Core Treatment Components –
- Restoration of Mobility
- After a chest or shoulder injury it is common to develop increased stiffness and trigger points. This can lead to compromised shoulder mechanics and postures which could perpetuate your symptoms without proper identification and treatment.
- Restoration of Strength
- After a chest of shoulder injury, it is common to experience pain or symptoms during physical exertion such as resistance training or even lifting your arms up, depending on severity. When we have symptoms during muscle activity, our bodies will attempt to use substitute muscles, or compensation strategies, to reduce the strain on the injured muscle. A prescriptive loading program is crucial to restore and enhance your strength for correction of any imbalances that may have occurred.
Your Physical Therapist at Ascent Physical Therapy will work one on one with you to identify how & why your injury occurred, and also, how to minimize the risk of it returning. We’re here to help get you back on track and keep you healthy!
If shoulder or chest pain has been interfering with your life, call us today to get started on a plan of care that works for you. Ascent Physical Therapy is conveniently located off Sunnyside Road in Happy Valley. We also love treating our neighboring communities of Damascus, Gresham, Clackamas, and Sandy at our top rated physical therapy clinic!