When discussing shoulder pain, it should be noted that there is a eight out of ten chance that a person will experience shoulder pain for some or the other reason in his/her lifetime. The pain may be due to a traumatic injury or an overuse syndrome, or a person may simply have degenerative arthritis in the shoulder joint.
The shoulder is the most used mobile joint in the human body. The joint includes four tendons, tendon holds muscle to bone. These four “rotator cuff” tendons together will stabilize the upper arm bone to the shoulder socket which allows wide range of movements in the shoulder.
Any changes around these tendons like swelling, tearing and inflammation will cause pain when a person tries to move the arm above the head, behind the back, or straight out in front.
COMMON REASONS FOR SHOULDER PAIN:
Below is a list of the most common reasons for shoulder pain.
- Poor posture while walking or sitting at work all day may lead to shoulder pain. This is due to lack of exercise so that the muscles around your joints become weak and the joint itself is not properly supported.
- Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis can lead to pain and stiffness in and around the shoulder joint.
- The rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons that maintain the stability of the shoulder joint. Any damage to these structures will result in shoulder pain.
- Hypermobility of the shoulder joint may lead to shoulder instability and cause pain.
- The acromioclavicular joint is the main joint at the top of the shoulder where the clavicle (collar bone) and the scapula (shoulder blade) come together. It is a complex joint involving several ligaments and muscles that may be damaged, particularly during contact sports. It can also become dislocated.
- Osteoarthritis leads to the disintegration of the articular surfaces of the joint over time and will become more painful as the condition progresses.
- A broken collar bone, fractured humerus or other such acute injury will cause immediate pain.
- A true shoulder dislocation occurs when there is a separation of the humerus bone of the arm and the scapula at the glenohumeral joint.
- Referred pain from the neck or upper back can cause pain in the shoulders.
Timely diagnosis of a shoulder injury is really important as, depending on the extent of the damage, some injuries initially require immobilization while others benefit from movement. If in doubt head off to Advanced Spine and Knee Hospital to have your shoulder checked out.
Many sporting injuries can be prevented by a good warm up regimen before starting to exercise. This includes a series of movements that increase the blood flow to the muscles and stretch the joints. Knowing your own level of fitness is important; it is when you push your body beyond these limits that accidents start to happen.
If you or a loved one is experiencing shoulder pain and desire the best treatment possible, let Advanced Spine and Knee Hospital help you. The pain doctors are award-winning and board-certified, and offer comprehensive treatment for pain.