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Secret Causes of Shoulder Pain

September 13, 2022


Let’s recap what we’ve been talking about this month on how to relieve Shoulder Pain and the causes of shoulder pain even your doctor doesn't know.


The 3 main diagnoses a doctor might give as a cause of shoulder pain:

Impingement Syndrome- pain along front and top of the shoulder due to decreased space within the shoulder.

Rotator Cuff Tears- If one of the rotator cuff muscles does become torn there will be pain and inflammation. To Learn more about rotator cuff tears click here.

Labral Tears- The cartilage ring around the shoulder socket gets torn and impedes shoulder motion, causing pain, clicking, and popping.


What many physicians don’t realize is that these diagnoses don’t cause shoulder pain. Instead, there is a musculoskeletal dysfunction in or around the shoulder that is causing the pain, inflammation, and, in some cases, tears. The good news is that these dysfunctions can be treated with proper physical therapy.


The 3 main dysfunctions that cause shoulder problems and pain are:

The Shoulder Blade Lacks Mobility

It is very, very common for tight upper back muscles to stop the four shoulder joints from moving in sync.  This is by far the most common reason why shoulders are painful and inflamed.

The Shoulder Joint Lacks Stability

The muscles around the shoulder joint are not providing enough strength and stability allowing the head of the humerus to move around too much, which can create impingement and inflammation in the soft tissues of the shoulder.

Poor Upper Spine Mobility

The shoulder blade is a free-floating bone that moves along the rib cage.  The ribs are attached to the upper spine.  So ultimately it is crucial for the upper spine to move properly.  When this important musculoskeletal chain reaction isn’t working properly, shoulder pain is the result.


At Superior Physical Therapy, we know how to test your body’s chain reactions and determine the exact DYSFUNCTION that is causing your shoulder pain.  We also know how to treat you with the functional movement that will restore your body’s chain reactions, allow your body to heal naturally, and stop your pain.


So before seeking out medications, injections, or surgery, we urge you to give us a call. We can help you heal, give you the tools you need to stay healthy and stay out of the doctor’s office or hospital!


To learn more, attend our FREE Shoulder Pain Workshop. Call 231-941-6541 or visit https://www.thesuperiortherapy.com/shoulderpainrelief to sign up for the next workshop.


If you missed it, watch this three-part video series on the Root Causes of Shoulder Pain: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL77YKOSXe8e7BJ5


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