What is a deltoid muscle?
The deltoid muscle is an important
muscle in the body. This muscle is located on the round part of your shoulder
joint. This muscle allows you to move your arm up, down, sideways, backwards
and in rotation. The shape of the deltoid muscle is rough triangular
shape. The deltoid muscle helps you to
pick up and put down things. Can you imagine how you would be to move your arms
around to do the simplest things if you didn’t have your deltoid muscle? The
deltoid muscle shortens itself into the deltoid tuberosity. The deltoid muscle
is broken down into three parts. The first part is the clavicular(anterior),
the second part is the acromial(middle), and the last part is the posterior
(spinal part). Now let’s get into what each part does with the shoulder. The
clavicular part helps by rotating the arm at the shoulder joint, also it helps
to take out the arm out to the side. The acromial part helps by moving the arm
away from the shoulder joint. The last part is the posterior. This helps the deltoid
muscle out by moving the arm and the shoulder joint backwards. Having a deltoid
muscle strain is very common in athletes and anyone who over uses their
deltoids. The most common ways to get a deltoid muscle strain is weight
lifting, swimming and playing baseball.
The symptoms levels of strains.
If an individual is feeling tightness, soreness in their arm and it is
difficult to do daily activities. To diagnose someone, the doctor must be able
to a physical examination and have a correct medical history. The individual that I know experience the following
pain when lifting the arm, couldn’t lift the arm to the side. For the symptoms
can be classified into three different levels of symptoms. Each level has its
own level of pain and tearing of the muscle fibers. The first level is grade
one which the individual might feel tightness in the muscle, a minor tear (10%
muscle fibers) but the individual will still be able to do activities. Level
two is a little tougher than grade because not only does the muscle get tighter
and a partial tear (90% of the muscle fibers). The muscles start to twitch
especially during workouts. The individual won’t be able to any push-ups. They
may experience some swelling and they will feel a slight resistance when they
try to lift their arm to the front, back or to the side. Level three is the
worst level an individual may experience. The reason is because the person will
not be able to move their arm, a complete tear of the muscle (over 90% of
muscle fiber) will experience severe swelling, you will probably see a bulge in
their shoulder. They even might experience pain during their sleep. The individual I knew who has this had level 3
symptoms. To see this person, go through with this daily was very upsetting.
The individual experience soreness, pain when lifting the arm up past the
shoulder and pain when they were sleeping. It took them several months for her
doctor to figure which best treatment would be the best for her.
most common course of treatment is RICE protocol. Let’s breakdown to the R
which means rest. Meaning to rest and make sure you’re not doing anything that
can make the strain worst. For the I which means to ice the area. The ice pack
can help reduce the swelling and pain. It’s also best to place the ice pack
around a towel before putting it on the skin. If the ice doesn’t work after 3
days, then you could go with heat on the same area. The one is C which means
compression. If you wrap the area with a wrap will help decrease the swelling.
The last one is E which means elevation. This means to put strain muscle
underneath some pillows and make sure it’s a little but above your heart. This
will help reduce the swelling in the muscle. Also, physical therapy will help the
improvement of strength and helped with the range of motion. The individual I
know was told by their doctor that it was best if they went for an acupuncture.
They had to go there twice a week for 3 months. They also had to the RICE protocol
along with the acupuncture. After 3 months, the individual was feeling a whole
lot better and she was on the road to recovery. What treatment helped them the most
was the acupuncture.
Once you have gone through diagnose and strains, treatments.
The next step is the recovery. The recovery process is different for level of
strain. The first level it will take at least four to six weeks to recover. The
third level of strain might take several months to heal. It is best to start
doing strengthening exercises after the pain seems to go away. If you are doing
these exercises and the pain seems too painful. Then you need to resort back to
the RICE protocol. The pain might come back every once and awhile. So, its best
to ice and rest but if the pain seems unbearable to deal with then you should
see a doctor. Make sure you prevent reinjury to the muscle. Make sure that
you’re range of motion should be the first thing you focus on before doing any
strengthening exercises. Always make sure that you warm up before doing any
kind of exercises. My confidential informative is currently going the recovery
process right now. How they got their deltoid muscle strain was by their
workplace. They had to lift their arms up over their heads numerous of times
during the day. Now, they can do daily routine and sometimes they might feel a little
soreness. It helps them to ice it and don’t do too much things with their shoulder.
Also every day they have to do their exercises, which helps lifting their arm up
past their shoulder.