Case study ( 3810 views as of September 20, 2019 )
Rachel is a 33-year-old female who was up on a ladder in her garage, trying to change the light bulb in the garage door opener. Due to its position on the ceiling and the bikes in the garage, she had to lean out to reach. She felt the ladder start to shift, and grabbed an overhead beam to prevent a nasty fall, but jerked her shoulder in the process.
Rachel managed to prevent a fall, but felt she couldn’t hold on to the ladder with her right arm due to shoulder pain. She iced it overnight, then went to her family doctor the next day. The doctor examined her shoulder and told her that she might have torn her rotator cuff. The doctor said he’d be able to tell a bit more in a week or so when the swelling and acute pain had settled down a bit.
Rachel may have also opted to go to an urgent care clinic at the time of her injury. Depending on the result of a follow-up consultation, Rachel could potentially benefit from seeing a physiotherapist, massage therapist or bracing/support specialist. She may also be referred to a get a private MRI and have a consultation with a personal trainer/athletic therapist and a pharmacist.Author: Dr. Adam Lund