Shoulder pain

Shoulder Pain Causes in Glasgow & Ayrshire

Shoulder Pain Causes in Glasgow & Ayrshire

Every year, thousands of people make doctor visits related to shoulder / upper arm pain. After pain in the neck and back, shoulder pain is one of the main reasons for patients seeking Osteopathic treatment. So, why are injuries to the shoulder so prevalent?

While there are several potential reasons for this question, there is a straightforward answer: anatomy. Essentially, there are three joints that make up the shoulder: 1) the scapulothoracic joint, 2) the glenohumeral joint, and 3) the acromioclavicular joint. These joints operate at the same time and in unison to carry out the many activities that we throw at our upper extremities, from swimming to swinging a tennis racket or even reaching up to hang a curtain or adjust a light bulb. The overall configuration of the shoulder favours mobility over stability and, as a result, there is a higher risk of injury. So, what should we do to avoid damage to the shoulder?

Perhaps the most effective approach is to think before you act; that is, do not take needless risks, such as over-lifting in extremely uncomfortable positions. Instead, consider asking someone else for help. Also, use the correct form and remain focused. Research shows that a solid core (back and belly) will help avoid damage to the shoulder.

Common shoulder disorders include (but are not limited to): inflammation (bursitis and tendinitis), instability (sloppy joints), arthritis (bone / cartilage injury / wear), fracture, and nerve injuries. Injuries may be acute (from an evident cause) or, more generally, chronic wear and tear, and may occur progressively over time (from no clear, single cause).

It is important to understand that a shoulder complaint can be the end product of weakness in the body, just as a knee issue can put additional stress on the hip (or vice versa). Thus, in addition to direct treatment of the shoulder, Osteopaths can diagnose and treat problems elsewhere in the body (forward head carriage), weak core strength, changes to posture and common spinal conditions that can create shoulder pain.

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