There are several stages of muscle damage (contracture, elongation, tear or breakdown, breaking up or deinsertion). These differences between lesions are related to their depth. “If a tear occurs, the fibers are damaged and broken, which causes brutal pain, muscle bloatingor on the contrary a strong contraction and a hematoma, specifies Dr Bacquaert. Muscle tear can go as far as rupture. The pain is then searing and can even cause discomfort. There is muscle retraction because the muscle is no longer attached. ”
Shoulder tear: where is it?
“The shoulder tear is complex because it is located at a crossroads where there are muscles, tendons, specifies Dr Bacquaert. The affected muscle is the long biceps, also called ‘Popeye muscle’. But the rotator cuff can be touched duringa throw-type gesture. “
Shoulder tear: what causes it?
” The shoulder muscle tear can occur during a traction or when we do shoes, for example, lists the sports doctor. Corn from a certain age, one can break his biceps at a pulling or pushing force, due to a certain muscle fatigue during efforts a little too long. Like any muscle tear, it is painful.
The muscle tear in the shoulder causes it to swell or shape like a lump, hence its name ‘Popeye’.
Intercostal tear of the shoulder: which examinations?
The clinical examination is based on muscle inspection and palpation reached with a comparative examination of the other side, in order to check whether there is a retraction, the presence of a hematoma, a lameness.
” A ultrasound may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis, or even a MRIor one arthroscan to make sure he doesn’t have tendon or bone tears, says Dr Bacquaert.
Then it is important to to rest, which will avoid making movements that could wake up the pain. “The duration of the rest is 15 to 30 days, and up to 2 months in case of rupture », Specifies the doctor. If the pain is severe, analgesics may be necessary.
Warning ! “A tear in a shoulder muscle must be treated very seriously because the risk is that this muscle injury evolves into what is called frozen shoulder, with a functional impotence that may last for more than six months », Warns the sports doctor.
How to treat her?
As with any muscle tear, it is important to act quickly. What to do at the moment? “Support is based on immediate stop of activity, on the ice poseon the affected muscle and on the rest, details the sports doctor. And especially, we do not massage and we do not apply heat. These actions aggravate the lesion and cause the muscle fibers to bleed ”.
At shoulder level, theimmobility must be carried out under medical supervision strict in order to avoid the occurrence of complications.