Symptoms of the Most Common Swimming Injuries

Swimming can be the perfect way to stay fit, cool off and have loads of fun on a hot summer month. However, frequent swimmers can often be subject to overuse injuries that can affect the shoulders, lower back, knees and neck.

Don’t let an injury to your body put a pause on your active life. The best way to avoid common swimming injuries is by learning everything about them. At Total Pain Care, we have the information you need.

Why go through life in pain? Your FREE pain assessment is just one click away.

The Main Condition

About 90% of swimmer visits to the doctor are related to problems with the shoulders. It is more commonly known as swimmers shoulder and affects the supraspinatus and bicep tendons in the rotator cuff. This injury generally occurs due to:

  • Overuse
  • Glenohumeral instability
  • Stiff spinal segments
  • Muscle tightness
  • Poor technique

Those affected by swimmers shoulder will often feel inflammation and moderate to severe pain around the shoulder area. Some of the best ways to prevent this injury is to use better form, lessen the amount of strokes, rest and listen to your body for any warning signs.

Injuries to Other Parts of the Body

While the shoulders can be affected the most, many other injuries can arise due to swimming:

  • Knee injuries, such as medial collateral ligament stress syndrome and patellofemoral syndrome, can appear due to breaststrokes
  • Simmer kick-induced foot and ankle tendonitis in the exterior tendons
  • Tendinitis to the wrist and hand, lateral epicondylitis and elbow stress syndrome
  • Injuries to the back, such as Scheuermann’s kyphosis and spondylolisthesis
See also  Understanding the Risk Factors of Nerve Pain After Shingles

Take a Dive to a Pain-Free Life

At Total Pain Care, we know how important your swimming activities can be for you and your loved ones. If you have recently been sidelined by a swimming injury, it’s time to find the treatment you need to make your way back to the pool as fast as possible.

The first step is to have your injury evaluated by our pain-management specialists. We will diagnose your injury with pinpoint accuracy to give you the treatment that best fits your needs. Make your way back to a pain-free life by contacting one of our locations in New Jersey for more information.

Category: News

  1. Ronald Amaya, PA-C is a Physician Assistant. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College and received his physician assistant degree in NYC. He has 18 years of experience in cardiothoracic surgery and over 8 years in pain management. Dr. Amaya is NCCPA board-certified in medicine and surgery.

    Full Bio

  2. Paulette Scott, MD is a pain management specialist. Dr. Scott is also the pain management representative at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Boston. She fulfilled her physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and completed her fellowship in pain management at Harvard Square Clinic. Dr. Scott is board-certified in physical medicine, rehabilitation, and pain management.

    Full Bio

    New Jersey Top Doctors
  3. Andrew D. Bunn, MD is a pain management specialist. Dr. Bunn also serves as the co-director of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, as well as the Program Director for Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and Newborn Services | MassGeneral Hospital for Children. After earning his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine, he completed his anesthesia residency at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he also completed his fellowship in pain management. He is board-certified in both anesthesiology and pain management.

    Full Bio

    New Jersey Top Doctors
  4. David D. Ford, MD is the Director of Pain Management. Dr. Ford earned a medical degree and completed his residencies in both surgery and anesthesiology. He joined the staff of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Watertown in 1990. He is board-certified in both anesthesiology and pain management. Dr. Ford specializes in painful disorders of the spine and sports-related injuries. He has initiated the use of advanced interventional techniques for the successful treatment of these and other conditions.

    Full Bio

    New Jersey Top Doctors