5 Common Shoulder Injuries That Cause Pain

5 Common Shoulder Injuries That Cause Pain

Elderly Man Suffering From A Shoulder Injury

Your shoulders are a complex part of your body, and help you do lots of things in everyday life like carrying bags, reaching for items in cupboards, and pushing open a door. They also help you do a range of more complicated activities such as swimming or playing sports.

Unfortunately, because shoulders are used to perform so many different tasks they can become overloaded and strained, resulting in pain and discomfort.

And when your shoulder is hurting, feeling stiff, or you can’t move it freely, then it becomes a big problem in your life.

At our physical therapy clinics in Boise and Meridian, shoulder injuries are a common problem our expert team treats, and in the blog you can discover 5 of the most common shoulder injuries, and how you can fix all of them!

5 Of The Most Common Shoulder Injuries

Everyone’s shoulder injury is unique because we all have our own medical history, our own lifestyle, and our own goals too.

Some people visit us wanting to get back to being able to get through the day without having to take painkillers.

Others have more ambitious goals, and want to fix their shoulder and become stronger so they can perform better at their favorite sports; whether that’s golf or pickleball.

But 5 common shoulder injuries regularly cause people like you to visit our clinic and you can find out about them below.

1. Tendon Tears

The tendons in your shoulder can tear as the result of an acute injury or certain degenerative conditions.

The natural aging process, sudden injuries, and overuse often cause the tendons to split or tear.

Whether a patient is experiencing a partial or a full tendon tear, the pain can be extremely intense and it can take a long time to recover.

If left untreated, and you continue to put stress on your shoulder through exercise or strenuous daily activities, a small partial tear can develop into a full tendon tear.

2. Bursitis

The shoulder is a complicated joint that is made up of an intricate network of moving parts.

One of the key components that make up the shoulder is called the bursa which contains tiny sacs of fluid that work to keep the shoulder joint lubricated.

If the bursa becomes irritated or inflamed, you can develop bursitis, which means your shoulder feel stiff and uncomfortable to move.

3. Tendinitis

Tendinitis is a common condition that causes inflammation in the shoulder area.

The condition typically affects those who are physically active or people who work at a job that requires them to complete repetitive motions.

For example, if you regularly play tennis, or if you do repetitive movements at work (such as working as a professional painter), you could be at risk of developing tendinitis in your shoulder.

If you are at a high risk of developing tendinitis, resting your shoulders regularly can help to prevent shoulder pain however rest alone rarely fixes tendinitis.

Instead of resting to fix the symptoms; shoulder pain, working with an expert physical therapy team like ours addressing the underlying cause of your shoulder tendinitis, and means you it stops coming back.

4. Frozen Shoulder

A frozen shoulder typically occurs after an injury or alongside another shoulder condition, and can leave you unable to move your shoulder and cause severe pain when you do attempt to move your shoulder.

This limited range of motion can make it difficult when putting on clothes, doing chores around the house, or picking up your grandchildren.

Physical therapy is a natural way to treat a frozen shoulder and can allow you to improve your mobility quickly, and get back to your normal life.

It is important to get the right help with frozen shoulder because putting on a brave face, and ignoring the pain can lead to scar tissue developing in the shoulder.

If scar tissue does develop, the muscles surrounding the shoulder could eventually freeze up as well, restricting your full range of motion, and resulting in more pain and delayed recovery.

5. Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement can occur when the top part of the shoulder blade puts excessive pressure on the underlying soft tissues in the arm when it is lifted away from the body.

As the arm lifts, the shoulder blade rubs against the tendons and bursa.

If left untreated, an impingement in the shoulder can result in bursitis and/or tendinitis.

So, if you are noticing discomfort when you lift your arm in front of you, or to the side, fixing this early can mean you get out of pain fast, but also avoid other shoulder conditions like bursitis and tendinitis.

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The Fastest Way To Treat Common Shoulder Injuries

To get fast shoulder pain relief, you can also arrange a Free Shoulder Pain Consultation where you can speak to our expert team and learn about the best treatment options available to you.

Right now, lots of people are starting physical therapy as a safe, natural way to treat common aches and pains, so we have to limit the number of Free Shoulder Pain Consultations available so contact us now to arrange yours!

Simply complete our simple webform, or call us on 208-939-0533 to speak to a member of our team.

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