If you’re someone who suffers from acute or chronic shoulder pain, you will know how debilitating it can be. Picking items up, extending your arms, sitting up straight in a chair, even driving a car can be painful and challenging.
For some, there is a cause that can easily be pinpointed, such as an injury at work or while playing a sport. For others, the cause is ‘wear and tear’, the repetitive strain on the body caused by doing the same manual task many times each day.
If you are suffering from pain where:
- It hurts to use the arm normally, for example, using a computer mouse or carrying shopping
- You cannot raise your arm above shoulder height
- You have swelling or bruising around the shoulder joint
- You have pain even when resting the arm
Shoulder Pain Is A Common Problem
This is because the shoulder joint is so involved! It comprises the scapulothoracic, acromioclavicular, sternoclavicular and glenohumeral joints which are almost constantly moving during our daily life. Because it is so mobile, the shoulder relies on the many surrounding muscles that act on it and on other parts of the arm.
If you do suffer from shoulder pain, whether occasionally or often, it is not something you should feel you need to battle through alone. Additionally, it is not something you should try and just live with.
Common Cause of Shoulder Problems
Acromioclavicular joint problems: Patients report pain where the collarbone and scapula meet.
Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder): A problem that comes gradually, normally over many months; It causes a gradual restriction of movement in the shoulder joint. The ability to use your arm can be severely limited.
Osteoarthritis: This is a degenerative disease that wears away the joint cartilage, causing the painful irritation of the joint.
Referred pain: This is pain which is experienced in the shoulder and upper arm but which actually originates from elsewhere, often in the neck or upper back.
Rotator Cuff Injury: This is due to damage of the muscles and ligaments which stabilise the shoulder joint leading to pain and restriction of movement. It can be confused with Adhesive Capsulitis.
Shoulder Joint Instability: Dislocation or excessive movement of the joint due to damage of the ligaments.
Many people turn straight to various types of drugs such as Paracetamol or others to find relief from shoulder pain. Although this approach can be useful at times, it really does only address the symptoms of the condition, leaving the underlying cause of the problem untreated.
If you are experiencing issues with your back, neck or shoulders, rest assured, there are things that we can work through to help you feel better. There is treatment available that will help you get to the bottom of what is happening and treat the source, rather than the symptom.