The shoulder is made up of three bones: the scapula, humerus and clavicle bones. Each of the bones articulates with each other in a joint, the most significant of which is the ball-in socket joint connecting the humerus with the scapula. The glenohumeral joint gives the shoulder its range of free motion, however in doing so it sacrifices stability of the articulating bones. The bones overcome this somewhat by relying on surrounding muscles and tendons (also known as the rotator cuff) to stabilize the bones. Therefore, any damage or injury to any of the stabilizers can be extremely painful and severely restrict the shoulders range of motion.
Most Common Reason causes of Shoulder Pain:
- Poor posture: Continuous poor posture overworks the muscles in the upper back and causes an imbalance within the body leaving the shoulders hunched forward to compensate. Overtime this strains the shoulder muscles and can lead to chronic shoulder pain.
- Trauma: Any damage to the rotator cuff tendons can lead to instability and reduce overall function of the shoulder.
- Degenerative disk disease: Damage to the spinal vertebrate can also severely impact the neck and shoulder as the damaged vertebrate now puts more pressure onto surrounding tendons and ligaments which they are not built for.
- Tumors: A tumor in the shoulders tissue or bone also leads to sever imbalance and instability in the shoulder.
- Strains from overexertion: Overextending your shoulder can stretch the muscle fiber too much and cause tears within the tissue. Damaged tissue cannot adequately support the shoulder and may leave restrictive scar tissue after it has been healed.
- Tendonitis from overuse: Tendonitis is a common sports injury that arises from continued overuse of the shoulder tendons. Overtime little tears within the tendon cause inflammation and tenderness within the region.
- Dislocation: A fall or traumatic injury may pop the head of the humerus bone out of the glenoid socket of the scapula. A medical professional must pop the shoulder back into place if the occurs as an untrained adjuster may fracture the bone while attempting to put it in place.
- Collar or upper arm bone fractures: Bone fractures within the shoulder are extremely painful and may take up to 6 weeks to recover from.
- Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder): Stiffness within the shoulder joint can occur as the capsules surrounding the shoulder muscle tendons thicken and restrict their movement. Frozen shoulder has no known cause though it is often associated with patients who have diabetes or have recently had to put their shoulder in a cast for an extended period of time.
How to Treat Shoulder Pain:
- Chiropractic Adjustment
3. Physical Therapy
4. Cortisone injections
Exercises to help with Shoulder pain:
- Doorway Exercise:
With your arms against a wall and your hands in line with your ears, slowly lean into a wall and push your hands up. Repeat 5 times.
2. Back pull stretch:
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