Shoulder injuries are one of the most stubborn injuries I deal with as a practitioner. They happen very gradually and linger for a long time. Not excruciatingly painful but definitely annoyingly dull and achy is how I would describe it.
Here are 5 things you should know about shoulder pain:
1.They are highly treatable if addressed early
People with shoulder pain usually do not seek early medical attention. It is the type of pain where people tend to ignore initially because of its subtleness BUT ignoring the pain will not make it go way. In fact, it will usually continue worsening the longer you wait to seek care. The earlier you see a practitioner, the better it will respond to physical therapy and regain its range of motion.
2.Treat your shoulder blade while treating rotator cuff injuries
The shoulder blade serves as a platform for the muscles of the shoulder (rotator cuffs). When there is an injury to the rotator cuffs, it is directly related to how well the shoulder blade is working too. A weak and unstable shoulder blade will produce an unstable base for the rotator cuffs hence possibly causing the muscles to be compromised therefore leading to injury and weaknesses. So it is important to include shoulder blade stabilising exercises on top of rotator cuff strengthening.
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3.Frozen Shoulder is more common in middle aged women
Frozen shoulder happens when the lining of the joint within the shoulder is inflamed. The gradual thickening of this area results in the stiffening of the shoulder and it becoming more painful with movement. No one knows the exact cause of a frozen shoulder but women between the ages of 40-65 years old have a greater prevalence.
4.Sleeping position is important
While taking some time to recover from a shoulder injury, it is important that you find a sleeping position that is tolerable. If you are a side sleeper, try sleeping on the non-painful shoulder. Taking pressure off the affected joint will reduce irritation to it. If your shoulder pain is near the front, sleeping on your back can help evenly distribute your weight and again keep pressure off.
5.Shoulder pain can be a referral
Most shoulder pain is highly likely to be musculoskeletal in nature but sometimes other conditions can also cause referral into the shoulder. If your shoulder pain is unexplained and does not change when you move your neck, shoulder or arm there is a high chance the problem is coming from somewhere else (such as gallstone, heart or blood vessel problems and lung problems). It is important to be checked out by your medical practitioner for further examination.
Written By Iris Tan
B.App Sc (Chiropractic) M.Clin Chiropractic