What causes shoulder pain and how to treat it?

Your shoulder is bothering you, but you cannot think of anything you did to make it hurt as much as it does.

You didn’t fall…

You didn’t throw a ball many times…

You didn’t go too intense in the gym…

You didn’t have any trauma to the shoulder… 

First things first! We need to understand the anatomy of the shoulder and how amazing it is. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body. In fact, the shoulder consists of several joints that combine and work with tendons and muscles to allow a wide range of motion from scratching your lower back or head, reaching for the coffee on the top shelf or throwing a ball with the kids. The humerus (upper arm bone), scapula (shoulder blade), clavicle (collar bone) makes up the bones of the shoulder girdle. The shoulder girdle consists of four joints and over 30 muscles, all designed to work together to allow the shoulder to move freely in many different directions.

However, mobility has its price. Unfortunately, shoulder mobility comes at the expense of its stability. It may lead to increased problems of instability and impingements, and then there is the overuse of the soft tissue resulting in pain and discomfort.

There are many causes of shoulder pain. However, if the shoulder pain persists, we recommend that you seek medical assistance and undergo a more thorough investigation. 

  • The most common cause of shoulder pain is injury to the rotator cuff. Recent research indicates that two-thirds of people with shoulder pain have a rotator cuff issue. The rotator cuff consists of the four muscles that originate on the scapula and allow us to rotate the humerus.  
  • A frozen shoulder is exactly what it suggests.  The soft connective tissue that lines the shoulder joint becomes inflamed and thickened. The medical term for frozen shoulder is Adhesive Capsulitis.
  • When the pain is deep and feels hot and swollen with an achy soreness, you might have a shoulder bursitis. This is caused by inflammation of a fluid-filled sac that provides a smooth surface for muscles, bones and tendons to slide over (somewhat like a pulley and rope). The bursa is like a flat balloon and a bursitis is like a balloon filled with water.

Shoulder pain can be gradual or abrupt and can range from mild to excruciating. Deep Heat Rub is a non-invasive, topic analgesic rub (pain relieving agent) that can be applied directly to the areas of pain and discomfort. We recommend it daily – not only to our everyday clients and patients, but also sporting and athletic individuals with joint and muscle pains. We recommend the use of Deep Heat for all your aches and pains. It is also exceptionally effective in the warming up of one’s joints and muscles before activity or long hours at the shops or office.

Article written by EPT – The Ultimate Sports Recovery Experts