While other joints are limited in their motion, the shoulder is a free moving joint, leaving it vulnerable to injury.
With different soft tissues in the shoulder including ligaments, tendons and muscles.
Each of the has the ability to be compromised by improper notion or overuse.
These soft tissues all work together to create the movement and strength.required for proper function, making diagnosis of the troubled area more difficult.
The shoulder has a shallow joint allowing extreme freedom of movement.
The shoulder is a significant referral site where pain may occur from injuries or conditions existing in other parts of the body, such as the neck, lower back, hip and legs. Symptoms of cardiovascular disease may also be referred to the shoulder region making the sudden onset of shoulder pain an issue that should be immediately evaluated.
Rotator Cuff Injuries
The tendons at the ends of the rotator cuff muscles can become torn, leading to pain and restricted movement of the arm. A torn rotator cuff can occur following a trauma to the shoulder or it can occur through the “wear and tear” on tendons. Rotator cuff injuries are commonly associated with motions that require repeated overhead motions or forceful pulling motions. Such injuries are frequently sustained by athletes who throw or use a similar motion such as pitchers, quarterbacks and tennis players
Another common shoulder disorder, also called adhesive capsulitis, where the scar tissue has formed around the shoulder. It is characterized by a dull or aching painand loss of motion or stiffness in the shoulder.
Adhesive capsulitis is a painful and disabling condition that often causes great frustration for patients and caregivers due to slow recovery. Pain is usually constant, worse at night, and when the weather is colder.There is also a lack of fluid in the joint, further restricting movement.
In addition to difficulty with everyday tasks, people who suffer from adhesive capsulitis usually experience problems sleeping for extended periods due to pain that is worse at night and restricted movement/positions. The condition also can lead to depression, pain, and problems in the neck and back.
Risk factors for frozen shoulder include diabetes, stroke, accidents, lung disease, connective tissue disorders, and heart disease. The condition very rarely appears in people under 40.
The common term for a superior labral tear is an injury to the cartilage that covers the top part of the shoulder socket. This can occur from falling on an outstretched arm but sometimes the cause may be unknown. A patient with this type of injury may have a clicking sensation when they move their arm or pain on the front or top of the shoulder.
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Impingement syndrome is a common condition affecting the shoulder often seen in aging adults. This condition is closely related to shoulder bursitis and rotator cuff tendonitis. These conditions may occur alone or in combination.
In virtually all parts of your body, bones are the innermost structures and are surrounded by muscles. When an injury occurs to the rotator cuff muscles, they respond by swelling. However, because the rotator cuff muscles are surrounded by bone, when they swell, a series of other events occur.
The pressure within the muscles increases, which results in compression and loss of blood flow in the small blood vessels. When the blood flow decreases, the muscle tissue begins to fray like a rope. Motions such as reaching up behind the back and reaching up overhead to put on a coat or blouse, for example, may cause pain.
Dr. Orlasky is experienced at determining the cause of shoulder discomfort. An in-depth examination will be conducted and further diagnostics may be required to eliminate or confirm the origin. Chiropractic is an excellent resource to consider for creating a care plan to help you throughout the healing process. Contact us now for an appointment soon
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