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Understanding Shoulder Pain

Understanding Shoulder Pain

Understanding Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain is the most common symptom for almost all the shoulder problems. In this article, we will discuss briefly on the types of shoulder pain and the common shoulder problems which causes shoulder pain.

Shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and hence it is highly instable. Shoulder often undergoes a lot of stress leading to instability and injury.

Shoulder is made up of three bones – upper arm bone (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula) and collarbone (clavicle).

The head of humerus fits into a rounded socket in the scapula. This rounded socket is called glenoid. A combination of muscles and tendons keeps the ball (head) of your upper arm bone (humerus) in your shoulder socket. It also helps you raise, stretch and rotate your arm.  These tissues are called the rotator cuff.

Shoulder gets injured quite easily and there can be several causes of shoulder pain. A shoulder injury and pain could be because of a sports injury, any repetitive motion, trauma, or simply sitting in front of the computer for hours. Following are few of the common shoulder conditions which causes shoulder pain:

Common Shoulder Problems

  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Dislocation/ Shoulder Instability
  • SLAP Tear
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • AC Joint Separation
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Subluxation
  • Shoulder Tendonitis
  • Biceps Tendon Tear
  • Subacromial Bursitis
  • Deltoid Contusion

Shoulder Pain can be of several types. Some pain are sharp pains in a localized area of the shoulder. Some pain radiates from the shoulder down the arm. Some pain is associated with inflammation. Some shoulder pain is temporary and goes off in few days’ time. Some other shoulder pains are persistent and requires proper treatment to heal. There is shoulder pain which makes it difficult for a person to sleep, rest or do any normal activity.

It is important to correctly diagnose the cause of shoulder pain. Once the diagnosis is made, a proper treatment plan can be charted out. Most of the shoulder pain can be treated without a surgery using standard treatment options including rest, medications, physiotherapy. However, there are certain severe injuries to the shoulder, which require surgical correction.

With the advancement of technology, most of the shoulder surgery can now be performed using arthroscopic method (key hole surgery). The recovery with arthroscopic surgery is not only faster, but it has small incision as compared to open surgery.

Most of the shoulder conditions which causes shoulder pain can be cured if they are treated early. Hence it is important to visit a shoulder specialist if your shoulder pain persists for more than 2 weeks.

For any questions related to shoulder pain or its treatment options, you can contact Dr Ayyappan V Nair, Shoulder Specialist here – http://bangaloreshoulderinstitute.com/contact/


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