At its best, shoulder pain can be an extremely annoying ailment to live with. And at its worst, it can be downright excruciating. That’s why it’s important that you get to the bottom of what’s causing your pain and get it treated correctly. According to our Stoke on Trent chiropractor, shoulder pain can be the result of anything from bad posture to an underlying health condition. But there are a few common causes that you should be aware of:
1: Frozen shoulder
Frozen shoulder typically presents with persistent pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint that makes it difficult to undertake the full range of normal shoulder movements. The condition develops due to a thickening of the flexible tissue surrounding your shoulder joint. When this happens, there becomes less space for your upper arm bone (humerus) in the shoulder joint, making movement stiff and painful. Most cases of frozen shoulder occur in people over the age of 40. Risk factors such as shoulder surgery, diabetes and heart and lung disease make developing frozen shoulder more likely.
2: Rotator cuff disorders
The rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. They work to keeps the joint in the correct position by allowing it to move in a controlled way. Common symptoms of rotator cuff disorders include: Pain that worsens during activities where your arm is above shoulder level, such as washing your hair. Pain when moving your arm in an arc away from your body. Pain on the front and side of your shoulder. Pain during the night.
Symptoms of a torn muscle or tendon include severe pain and possible weakness in your arm and shoulder. Some patients may also experience a “popping” sensation when they move their shoulder. People over the age of 40 are most likely to suffer a shoulder tear, as the tendons become weaker with age. Tears in younger people are most commonly caused by an accident or injury.
Remember that even though shoulder pain is relatively common, it is certainly not something to be ignored. Seeking an early diagnosis is crucial to successful treatment; the sooner the cause of your shoulder pain is identified, the shorter your road to recovery is likely to be.
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From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
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