All About Shoulder PainThe shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the human body, and because of this, there can be many different causes of shoulder pain and injuries to the shoulder joint. Some of the most common injuries that you hear of when it comes to the shoulder are rotator cuff injuries, dislocations, frozen shoulder, and impingement. Common causes of injury to the shoulder are muscle imbalance, bony abnormalities, trauma, overuse injuries, osteoarthritis, or thickening of the ligaments in the shoulder area. There may be soreness after playing a sport or lifting items. Sports enthusiasts often incur shoulder pain due to repetitive motions. Just about anything that requires you to lift the arms can cause pain or soreness. Shoulder pain can be enough to keep you up at night. Shoulder Conditions that We Treat:
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Rotator Cuff Impingement
- Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
- Subluxation or Shoulder Instability
- Labral Tear
- Biceps Tendinitis
- Post Surgical
- Sports-Related Injuries
The Rotator Cuff:
The primary joint in the shoulder is formed by the shoulder blade and arm bone. It’s the joint socket that allows a wide range of motion. The rotator cuff itself is comprised of four muscles, which surround the arm bone. It keeps the shoulder steady when the arm is in motion. The rotator cuff can even be torn. The supraspinatus muscle sits on the shoulder top, and its tendon extends under the outside of the shoulder bone. Because of its location between bones, it’s a common injury. The tendon can become sore and swollen when it gets pinched between the bones. The subacromial bursa sac can also get damaged.
Frozen shoulder is another name for adhesive capsulitis. It’s a shoulder condition that limits the range of motion. It can be caused by long periods of inactivity, diabetes or surgery. Scar tissue may even form. As a result, the shoulder joint does not have proper space to rotate normally. Symptoms typically include stiffness, pain or swelling in the shoulder. Gradually, the ability to move the shoulder becomes less and less. Reaching for an item may even become impossible.
If you or someone you know is having shoulder pain, physical therapy can help. Our experts at COAST Physical Therapy are highly trained in treating many different shoulder conditions. If you have been diagnosed with any of the above conditions, call us so we can get you on the road to recovery.