Do you have shoulder pain? This could be the cause of it.
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Shoulder pain is a common problem that can be caused by a variety of conditions. The most common cause is impingement syndrome, which occurs when tendons of the rotator cuff get pinched under the acromion process. Other causes of shoulder pain include rotator cuff injuries, arthritis, bursitis, and joint instability due to ligament damage or dislocation. Some people experience symptoms that could indicate a labral tear or other condition that affects the glenohumeral joint.
Shoulder pain can be due to a variety of causes.
Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of factors. Shoulder injury, overuse, and degeneration are common causes of shoulder pain in both young and old people. In addition to these factors, inflammation or impingement may cause shoulder pain as well.
Injury: Injury to the rotator cuff muscles can occur during sporting activities such as swimming or tennis (as well as other activities). The most common traumatic injuries are tears in tendons that attach muscles to bones in your shoulder joint. This type of injury often occurs during weightlifting exercises like bench presses or overhead presses due to strain placed on these tendons while lifting heavy weights overhead.
Overtraining: Overuse injuries occur when you perform an activity repetitively without giving yourself enough time for rest between workouts. This often occurs in swimmers, baseball pitchers, and other overhead athletes.
Again, the most common cause of shoulder pain is impingement syndrome. Typically, you will experience pain reaching overhead, such as reaching into a cabinet or combing your hair. You might experience pain reaching out away from your body, such as holding a carton of milk as you get it out of the refridgerator. And you might notice pain reaching behind your back. Typically with impingement of the shoulder and rotator cuff, you don’t have the weakness of the shoulder and upper arm that you have with a tear of one of the rotator cuff tendons.
Rotator cuff tear
Rotator cuff injuries are common in overhead athletes and middle-aged and older adults who have jobs that require repetitive motions.
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that help to stabilize the shoulder joint. It’s composed of four muscles: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. These muscles work together to allow your arm to rotate and move in different directions. You might notice weakness, in addition to pain, when you try to do overhead activities.
Osteoarthritis of the shoulder
Arthritis is another potential cause of shoulder pain due to inflammation in the joint. Arthritis can be caused by wear and tear, or it can be caused by an injury. It can also develop over time as you age.
If you have arthritis, your body will have trouble moving fluid through your joints, which causes them to become stiff and swollen. If this happens in your shoulder joint, it may feel like there’s something stuck under your arm or in front of your chest when you move around–like there’s an object stuck under one of those tendons that connects muscle to bone (the biceps tendon).
If you’re experiencing any discomfort in your shoulder, it’s important to see a doctor or orthopedic surgeon so they can assess what’s going on through physical exam, x-rays and even an MRI. Then the doctor can provide treatment options that will help relieve your symptoms as quickly as possible.
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This post is meant for educational and informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.