Shoulder Pain

FINDING RELIEF TO KEEP THINGS MOVING

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, and with increased mobility comes increased potential for injury. Rotator cuff tendonitis or impingement syndrome are among the main causes of shoulder pain, in which the nerves of the rotator cuff muscles get caught between the acromion and the head of the humerus bone. It’s also common for neck pain to cause pain symptoms that extend into the shoulder and down into the arm.

Labral tear

If a person dislocates their shoulder, it can almost guarantee they have torn their labrum. Attached to the rim of the shoulder socket, the labrum is a piece of fibrocartilage that helps keep the ball of the joint in place. A labral tear occurs when this tissue is torn, typically from a sports injury or trauma, such as falling on an outstretched hand.

Rotator cuff tear

Rotator cuff injuries or tears are common disorders of the shoulder. They often occur due to repetitive overhead motions in sports or at work. Without proper treatment, these injuries weaken the shoulder, making even mundane daily activities like getting dressed very painful.

Frozen shoulder

Also known as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder is characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. Any injury or damage to the shoulder joint can develop into frozen shoulder by causing scarring, inflammation or shrinkage within the joint capsule. Signs and symptoms typically begin gradually and worsen over time, and often require aggressive physical therapy and/or surgery.

Shoulder bursitis/tendonitis

The term “itis” means inflammation. Your shoulder joint has both a bursae sac between the bone to help with shock absorption, as well as tendons which attach your muscles to your bone to help with joint movement. Any type of overuse or irritation to the bursae or tendon will cause inflammation to the area. Bursitis and tendonitis are both rather painful, causing significant discomfort with any joint movement. Treatment typically consists of anti-inflammatory medications, ice and rest, accompanied by physical therapy to help relieve strain on the affected area.

Shoulder dislocation

Shoulder dislocation usually occurs due to sports injuries or from simply falling on an outstretched hand. Sometimes, a subluxation will occur where the bone will pop out of its socket and quickly go back in. But if the bone comes out of the joint and remains out, it’s considered a dislocation. This type of injury can cause severe pain and requires immediate medical attention to place the bone back into the socket. An untreated shoulder dislocation can result in joint, muscle or nerve damage.