The shoulder is one of the most overlooked yet complex structures in the body. Basic movements like reaching up to scratch your head, to opening your car door or picking up your child or grand child hinges on your bodies ability to move and operate the shoulder, and yet pain in the shoulder is often overlooked.
We so commonly hear "I didn't realize how much my pain was really impacting my daily life!". We get used to pain don't we? A little twinge here or there and we think it will go away, until it snowballs and our day to day life revolves around our pain.
We've put together a simple series of three videos diving into the anatomy of the shoulder, the five reasons the shoulder may become painful, and finally action steps to try and relieve your shoulder pain!
As you can see, the shoulder is extremely complex! Being one of the most mobile locations in the body you can imagine how important it is to keep it healthy! The shoulder is arguably one of the most fascinating structures your body has, and now that you know a little bit more about the shoulder, let's move on to WHY your shoulder may be hurting you....
How are we doing? That's a lot of information to take in. A quick review of the top 5 reasons you might be having pain:
- Shoulder Impingement: The muscles and tendons in the shoulder are being compressed.
- Bursitis: The bursa (fluid filled sac) becomes swollen and inflamed.
- Rotator Cuff Tears: A tear in any one of the 4 muscles surrounding the shoulder.
- Labral Tear: The fibrocartilage surrounding the ball and socket joint of the shoulder tears.
- Arthritis: The shoulder joint becomes stiff/painful.
And finally, it's time to explore some action steps to try and relive some of the shoulder pain you're experiencing, doing nothing solves nothing! Try some of these movement strategies:
If you're still struggling to find some answers to your shoulder pain (or have a stubborn spouse/loved one who needs a little extra push) shoot me an email; firstname.lastname@example.org or give the office a call at 231-944-6541 and we can get you hooked up with a physical therapist to answer your questions.
Cheers to a pain free 2017,