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Identifying and treating a shoulder sprain

When motorcyclists are involved in accidents with other vehicles, their smaller size can result in more intense injuries. Some could take a short time to heal, while others may require a substantial period of recovery before the person can regain their former functionality. Sprains can fall into either category, depending on their severity.

Sports Injury Clinic points out that even the symptoms of a shoulder sprain can vary depending on the injury's severity. The shoulder's capsule or ligaments are typically torn when the shoulder has been forced backwards. A decent amount of pressure must be applied in order to tear the ligaments there. Sometimes, in a particularly intense accident, the shoulder bone may also become dislocated or broken.

When the muscle or ligaments of a shoulder are torn, it can take some time to repair. WebMD states that the typical R.I.C.E method of caring for sprains could work. The R.I.C.E method includes:

  • Resting the shoulder, or not using it as often as possible
  • Icing the affected area for up to 10 minutes at a time with 30 minute breaks to reduce swelling
  • Compressing the injured area to reduce tissue swelling
  • Elevate the injured limb so it's resting above heart level

The reduction of fluid collection and swelling is one of the most important aspects of tackling a sprain injury. If the area is less inflamed, it will be able to heal more quickly.

However, some cases may involve more severe sprains. In these cases, it could require slings to help keep the arm immobile. In the most extreme cases, surgery may even be suggested to help repair torn areas. In these cases, both recovery time and costs will become steeper, and motorcyclists may want to consider seeking financial compensation.

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