Shoulder pain is often the result of chronic improper motion of the joints, muscle, ligaments, and tendons that encompass the shoulder. The shoulder is collectively made of three bones and two separate joints that facilitate movement. The ball-and-socket joint, that we usually think of as the shoulder, is lined with a thin synovial membrane. This delicate membrane can often become damaged by a traumatic event, or repetitive use injuries. Once damage occurs subsequent injuries are more common. There are seventeen muscles that attach the arm to the body. When imbalances occur between these muscles, abnormal strain occurs within the joint creating a sequence of events. Abnormal positioning and motion lead to non-painful joint irritation, then inflammation, followed by pain. When pain is experienced, long-standing dysfunctions have been accumulating for months to years.
What are the Symptoms of Shoulder Pain?
Symptoms of shoulder pain will often vary due to the cause and mechanism of injury to the joint. Joints can be damaged by many types of diseases, physical activities, and injuries. This can cause pain, stiffness, popping, clicking, and swelling. Referral patterns from pains and dysfunctions of the neck can create shoulder pain. Because these two areas are closely located to each other, physical injuries and pain to one area may affect the other.
Consult a Doctor if the Following Occur:
Sharp stabbing pain
Worse at night
Clunking sensation with movement
Loss of range of motion
Numbness and Tingling down the arm
What are Common Treatments for Shoulder Pain?
Common treatments for shoulder pain vary depending on findings from a qualified assessment. Soft tissue treatment for the surrounding muscles may include: A.R.T., Dry Needling, Graston, and FAKTR. Joint restrictions and limitations with range of motion improve with McKenzie methods, mobilization, and adjustment strategies. To further help maximize performance and elimination of pain, corrective exercises can help re-establish how the brain, joints, and muscles communicate.
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The doctors at F.I.T. Muscle and Joint Clinic in Overland Park & Shawnee, Kansas and Lees Summit, Missouri are here to help lessen and relieve your shoulder pain. Do not hesitiate, contact us today for leading evidence-based assessments and treatments for your musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.