Giving Sunshine to Your Painful Shoulders

Painful Shoulders Is Very Common And Can Affect All Ages

Giving Sunshine to Your Painful ShouldersPainful shoulders are usually felt in the front of the shoulder, or at the top of the arm. Diagnosing the cause of your shoulder pain is your first step towards effective treatment. Commonly shoulder pain is defined as pain or discomfort that occurs within the shoulder region.

If your painful shoulders are due to minor injury, you may be able to organize some treatments at home yourself. Shoulder pain is the third most common cause of musculoskeletal consultation in primary care. Other much more rare causes of shoulder pain are tumors, infection and nerve-related problems.One other common cause of shoulder pain is a pinched nerve in the upper spine, also known as cervical radiculopathy.

Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder is the most movable joint of the body. It also is one of the most unstable joints. As a result, it is the site of many problems and injuries. The following are some of the most common shoulder injuries:

  • Dislocated shoulder. The shoulder is one of the most frequently dislocated joints. Pulling the shoulder backward or rotating it too far can cause the ball of the upper arm bone (humerus) to pop out of the socket (glenoid). Shoulder instability is a condition in which the shoulder dislocates frequently. Sometimes the ball of the upper arm bone is only partially out of the socket. This is called a partial location or subluxation.
  • Shoulder separation. This injury involves the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, where the collarbone meets the shoulder blade (scapula). The injury occurs when a fall, blow to the shoulder or other trauma tears the ligaments that hold the AC joint together. The outer end of the collarbone may slip out of place, resulting in shoulder pain – ranging from mild to severe – and possibly a bump on the top of the shoulder. Read more here.

However, if the cause of your shoulder pain is diagnosed and treated early then this can help to resolve or greatly reduce the pain in your shoulder.

Shoulder pain

Painful shoulder conditions that limit movement are common, and are caused by problems with the shoulder joint and its surrounding structures. The shoulder is more prone to injuries than other joints because of its wide range of movement.

Common causes of shoulder pain

There are several conditions that cause pain and limit movement of the shoulder joint, including the following.

Rotator cuff disorders

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that help to move the shoulder and hold the joint in place. Rotator cuff disorders result from inflammation or damage to the rotator cuff muscles or tendons, or inflammation of the subacromial bursa (which is a fluid-filled pad that sits under the highest part of the shoulder).

The inflammation can be caused by general wear and tear that occurs with age, activities that require constant or repetitive shoulder motion (especially above shoulder level), heavy lifting, trauma, or poor posture. Serious rotator cuff injury and untreated inflammation of the tendons can cause the rotator cuff to tear. See more here.

If the source of your shoulder pain is a pinched nerve, the chiropractor may recommend physical therapy to improve strength and flexibility in your neck and shoulder.

Shoulder Problems and Injuries – Prevention

The following tips may prevent shoulder problems or injuries.

General prevention tips

  • Stay in good overall physical shape. Strengthen your wrist, arm, shoulder, neck, and back muscles to help protect and decrease stress on your shoulder. Do stretching and range-of-motion (ROM) exercises for your arms and shoulders.
  • Maintain good posture. Stand straight and relaxed, without slumping.
  • Warm up well and stretch before any activity. Stretch after exercise to keep hot muscles from shortening and cramping.
  • Wear protective gear during sports or recreational activities, such as roller-skating or soccer.
  • Wear your seat belt when in a motor vehicle.
  • Do not use alcohol or other drugs before participating in sports or when operating a motor vehicle or other equipment.
  • Don’t carry objects that are too heavy. Make sure children and teenagers use school bags and backpacks correctly. Check full article here.

Some Minor Painful Shoulders Can Be Treated At Home

Other symptoms associated with painful shoulders are numbness, tingling and shooting pains in your arms and into the hand. The most common causes of shoulder pain are tendonitis, rotator cuff tear, bursitis, arthritis and frozen shoulder. The types of treatments available for shoulder pain are based on the cause of this pain and the severity of it.

Common treatments of painful shoulders are physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and surgery. Keep in mind that sudden sharp shoulder pain can be a sign of a heart attack, particularly if the pain runs from your jaw down your arm. What are chiropractic treatments for shoulder pain available, call us here: (619) 831-8777.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.

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