Physiotherapy: Understanding Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

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Shoulder pain is a common problem experienced by individuals of all ages around the globe. However, this condition is more prevalent among people who engage in extensive physical activities. This makes the shoulders and associated structures susceptible to wear and tear as well as injury. If you have been experiencing shoulder pain, you should consider seeking professional assistance from a physiotherapist. Additionally, it is important to understand the root of the problem in order to reduce escalation and promote health. Here is a brief description of the most common causes of shoulder pain.

Rotator Cuff Injury

There is a group of muscles known as the rotator cuff, and these are critical in supporting and moving the shoulder. Basically, these hold the ball of the arm bone securely within the socket of the shoulder. This prevents dislocation when the arm is moved and rotated. Unfortunately, the rotator cuff is vulnerable to injuries and disorders. The most common of these are tendonitis and bursitis. Tendonitis occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff become inflamed and sore, usually when tendons are pinched beneath the shoulder blade. Bursitis involves the inflammation or swelling of the bursa. The bursa is a fluid sac that provides a cushion between bones and associated tendons and over joints. Rotator cuff injuries can be resolved using common physiotherapy techniques, like exercise and heat and cold application.

Frozen Shoulder

The tissues around the shoulders are flexible because they are essential for promoting extensive movement. If you have the frozen shoulder disorder, these tissues will thicken and tighten over time. Therefore, you will experience ongoing stiffness, which will limit the range of your motions. Moreover, the tissues will swell, reducing the space in the shoulder socket intended for the ball of the humerus. This will result in pain when you move your arm extensively. If left untreated, this disorder can affect your ability to perform normal activities. The root of frozen shoulders is not completely understood, but the risk factors include injury, chronic systemic diseases and the need for arm surgery.

Shoulder Instability

You might experience shoulder instability as a result of mechanical trauma or due to repetitive movements. The shoulder joint is made up of a ball and socket configuration. That is, the ball of the arm fits into the shoulder socket. When you have instability, this connection will be compromised, such that you will feel the joint slipping. Treatment should be performed to avoid complete dislocation. 


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