The shoulder is a freely moving joint with multiple soft tissues like ligaments, tendons, and muscles. All of these soft tissues can be compromised by improper motion or overuse and cause shoulder pain. These soft tissues all work together to create the movement and strength required for proper function, and it can be a challenge to diagnose the troubled areas.
Types of Problems Causing Shoulder Pain
Rotator Cuff Injury
These injuries can occur with in people who repeatedly perform overhead motions in their jobs like a painter or carpenter. They can also happen with folks who are active in sports like baseball or tennis. The risk of rotator cuff injury also increases with age.
Frozen Shoulder (aka Adhesive Capsulitis) is a stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. The symptoms will usually worsen over time and then resolve, usually within one or two years.
SLAP is an acronym for “superior labral tear from anterior to posterior”. It is an injury to the labrum of the shoulder, which is the ring of cartilage that surrounds the socket of the shoulder joint.
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Shoulder impingement syndrome is a very common cause of shoulder pain. This issue occurs when there is impingement of tendons in the shoulder from bones of the shoulder. Repeated overhead activity of the shoulder is a risk factor for shoulder impingement syndrome.
With impingement syndrome, the pain will affect everyday activities and can be very frustrating. Simple movements such as putting on a coat or blouse can cause a lot of pain.
Over time, impingement syndrome can lead to inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons (aka tendinitis) and bursa (bursitis). If not treated appropriately, the rotator cuff tendons can start to thin and tear.
If you are suffering from any of these should pain condition please give our Noblesville office a call at (317) 776-1061 or visit our make an appointment page to schedule a free consultation. Our goal is to get you back to living the healthy and pain free life you deserve.