About 10% of the population will experience shoulder pain. In order for this complicated joint to function optimally, the rotator cuff and surrounding muscles are required to coordinate proper shoulder motion (ie. reaching overhead, pushing and pulling). Injury to the shoulder joint may cause pain and limit movement with certain activities.
Some common injuries that may occur in the shoulder include:
Rotator Cuff Tears or Tendonitis:
Usually a result of repetitive strain on the muscles (eg. shoveling, throwing, or lifting); can also be from direct trauma to the shoulder.
Inflammation of the bursa (fluid-filled sacs) in the shoulder due to repetitive irritation. Usually the shoulder is tender to touch, range of motion is limited, and there is pain at rest.
Repeated irritation or pinching of the biceps tendon or rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder joint. There is usually a gradual increase in discomfort and the pain may be worse at night. Discomfort is mainly experienced when reaching overhead or during overhead activities.
Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis:
Very limited range of motion due to contracture in the tissues around the shoulder joint. This condition typically gets progressively worse over time as pain continues and stiffness increases.
Note: Trauma directly to the shoulder or reoccurring pain can indicate a more serious condition, which will be assessed prior to treatment.
Several treatment options available to solve many painful shoulder conditions: