The shoulder is made up of the humerus, scapula, clavicle, and held together and supported by ligaments. Your shoulder provides mobility to the arm. If you are suffering from pain in your shoulder there could be many reasons why. Posture, trauma, or certain activities may cause pain in your shoulder.
Rotator Cuff Tear
The shoulders stabilizing muscles and tendons (rotator cuff) can be injured by the outward pulling of your shoulder or from heavy lifting and athletic activities. If left untreated, a rotator cuff can cause a lot of pain while decreasing the arms movement abilities.
Frozen shoulder is when your shoulder stiffens up and motion in your arm is decreased due to built up scar tissue. This scar tissue is believed to be caused by your own body attacking its own tissues or due to the inflammation of the joint. Sometimes this conditions cause goes unknown.
After a trauma such as a slip and fall, you may have suffered from a fracture to your shoulder blade, collar bone, or arm. This caused a loss of motion and pain.
In between your arm and scapula there is a fluid filled sac that may be under pressure. This sac is what helps the parts of the shoulder move smoothly together. This will cause shoulder pain.
Between your biceps and shoulder are tendons that assist with stabilizing the actions of your shoulder. When these tendons get pinched by bones or ligaments they can cause the inflammation of that tendon.
Getting Treatment for Shoulder Pain
If this pain was onset by an accident, fall, or other trauma, medical treatment should be sought as soon as possible.
If you are suffering from shoulder pain you should try to rest your shoulder while applying cold packs to help with any inflammation. Contact Allied Physical Therapy to have your shoulder evaluated by a physical therapist. After determining the problem with your shoulder the therapist will advise you on a treatment plan. The goal of your treatment is to first eliminate shoulder pain then work to increase your shoulders range of motion and strength.