Today, many people don’t understand the type of shoulder pain they are experiencing and what exactly is causing them that pain.
There are a variety of shoulder injuries that can occur and cause you discomfort. They can range from something very minimal to very serious that may require surgery. Generally tough, the most common injuries tend to be:
- Sprains: This is when there is a tear of your shoulder ligaments, which are the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect bones to one another inside or around the shoulder joint.
- Full rotator cuff tear: This is when the entire tendon has separated or torn from the bone.
- Adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder: Extreme stiffness or immobility of the shoulder joint.
- Impingement syndrome: When your shoulder’s rotator cuff tendons are intermittently pinched, trapped and compressed between the humerus and scapula during shoulder movements.
While there are many other types of shoulder injuries, the two most common are adhesive capsulitis and impingement syndrome as they are both easily obtained.
Adhesive Capsulitis or frozen shoulder is obtained when you stop using the joint normally because of pain, injury or chronic health conditions.
Luckily, there are a variety of treatments for adhesive capsulitis. The majority of people improve with non-surgical treatments, including:
- Physical therapy
- Heat followed by gentle stretching
- Ice and medicines (including cortisone injections)
- Anti-inflammatory medications
However, surgery can be performed for patients who see no improvement after non-surgical measures are taken.
Impingement syndrome can be obtained through swelling or thickening of the rotator cuff tendon, which may result from an injury or general overuse of the shoulder.
Depending on the degree of your injury, the following treatments may be needed:
- At-home care, such as rest and ice on the tendon
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical Therapy
- Cortisone injections
Just as there are many types of shoulder injuries, there are many different causes as well. However, the two most common causes of shoulder injuries are:
- Poor Posture: In a technology filled age, peopled have a tendency to round their shoulders. This could be causing the discomfort as the structures in and around the shoulder girdle can get tight. Even with your best attempt to fight against a tight ligament or structure, you’re going to experience an abnormal feeling in your shoulder.
- Overuse: Typically, when a muscle becomes irritated, it can cause pain. When you experience this pain, without knowing it, your brain starts to adapt the way you move in order to relieve the pain, but in an incorrect way.
A lot of times it takes a physical therapist to identify these wrong movements, correct them and then help you to start moving your shoulder correctly again. When you understand what is causing you discomfort, you can then address the pain and start to recover and feel relief.
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If you are experiencing shoulder pain or think you may need physical therapy, please give us a call to schedule an appointment or visit our website to learn more!
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