The shoulder is one of the most-used joints within the body, so if something goes wrong, it can severely impact your range of motion, as well as cause significant pain when carrying out daily tasks.
Shoulder pain is often associated as a sign of getting older. However, there could be many potential causes and identifying the cause of shoulder pain is, therefore, key to getting the right treatment. So here, we’ll look at 5 reasons why your shoulder hurts that have nothing to do with the ageing process.
Shoulder instability can occur either through overuse or as the result of an injury. It occurs when the head of the bone of the upper arm is forced out of its socket. This can either cause a full or partial dislocation.
A partial dislocation is known as subluxation, with the bone coming partially out of its socket. A full dislocation occurs when the bone comes fully out of the socket. The muscles, tendons and ligaments surrounding the joint are usually weak, allowing the bone to dislocate out of the socket.
Shoulder instability can cause pain in the shoulder, as well as down the arm and neck. You may also be able to feel the joint coming out of place.
If you feel pain in the shoulder when raising the arm up, it could be down to shoulder impingement. The condition occurs when the acromion, or top of the shoulder blade, places pressure onto the soft tissues as the arm is lifted. If left untreated, it can lead to tendinitis and bursitis which would limit movement as well as cause pain.
Otherwise referred to as adhesive capsulitis, a frozen shoulder refers to a stiff, painful shoulder. It occurs when the tissues surrounding the shoulder joint become inflamed. This causes the tissue to start to shrink and become tighter, leading to issues with motion and pain.
There is no sure cause of frozen shoulder, but exercises can help to rebuild the strength in the shoulder and improve the condition over time.
Rotator Cuff Tear
Rotator cuff tears are extremely common, and they can significantly vary in severity. They are caused by either an acute injury or through overuse. The tears can either be full or partial and the severity of the pain can also vary.
Strength and motion loss typically occur with this type of shoulder injury. Patients also often report trouble sleeping because of the pain.
Sometimes, the pain in your shoulder could be down to a condition of the neck or spine. This is known as radiating pain and it typically presents as tingling, a burning pain and numbness. It could be there has been an injury to the cervical disc which is causing pain within the shoulder.
These are just some of the reasons why your shoulder could be causing you pain and establishing the cause and severity of the problem is essential to ensure optimal treatment. Book a consultation with the London Shoulder Specialists today to get to the cause of your shoulder pain once and for all.