Having trouble raising your arm above your head to reach something?
Do you often experience shoulder pain? Especially when lifting your hand overhead in a repeated fashion? You may be suffering from what is commonly termed as “shoulder impingement”. In such a situation, a simple activity such as putting on an jacket may cause discomfort to the shoulder
A prolonged state of discomfort may lead to severe inflammation in the shoulder area. It is important that you take medical help so that the pain does not aggravate and force you to undergo surgery. In its infancy, shoulder pain can be reduced through non-invasive medical procedures. The right physical therapy and self-help techniques can help you not just cure the pain but also adopt certain measures to prevent the pain from recurring.
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Even before you decide to learn about these techniques, you need to know why your shoulder experiences pain in the first place. This will help you understand how physical therapy comes into play and its effectiveness in reducing pain. For the most part, your body constitution is such that the bones are surrounded by the muscles.
However, around shoulder area, the muscles are covered by the bone. The muscles and tendons that collectively help move your arms are called the rotator cuff. It is the rotator cuff that helps the shoulder joint “rotate” in order for the larger shoulder muscles to raise the arm. On impact, probably due to a fall or other injury, the rotator cuff can strain or tear. Repeated shoulder movements can aggravate this injury and cause severe inflammation and swelling of the cuff. Added to this, a swollen rotator cuff may be in constant friction with its surrounding bone, resulting in compression of the tendons. This irritation around the muscles and tendons leads to what is known as tendinitis or bursitis.
It is important that you treat shoulder pain in the early stages itself so as to prevent it from turning chronic. We believe that the right way to treat shoulder pain is to deploy preventive measures; this will not just help you recover from pain but also transition to a higher level of fitness and well-being.