Does Your Shoulder Hurt?

The shoulder is one of the most versatile joints in the human body thanks to its wide range of motion. On the other hand, the shoulder is one of the most unstable joints of the human body because of its wide range of motion. Yes, this is somewhat of a catch 22 type of situation, but it’s true. The shoulder is heavily involved with overhead lifting or any motion of pushing away from the body. Thanks to its multi-use capability, this joint is susceptible to injury. Three distinct bones make up this particular joint, including the scapula, the clavicle and the humerus.

Shoulder pain can basically come from a variety of sources in which you may need to visit a doctor to get a better perspective of what’s going on. There are a number of injuries that are quite common when dealing with this joint, including rotator cuff injuries, SLAP tears, shoulder subluxation and shoulder pointers. If you just so happen to severely injure this joint, then you’ll definitely feel some weakness, pain or stiffness. In many cases, individuals will tend to hear a soft clicking sound when raising the arm or swinging the arm in a circular motion.

Shoulder Pain & What Causes It?

So, what exactly causes shoulder issues? Well, the things that you do in your daily lifestyle could play a role in developing issues with your shoulders. Weight training is one of the most common sources for shoulder pain. Yes, working out is great for the body overall, but overuse tends to be the culprit when it comes to weight training. The reason being for this is basically coming from repetitive movements. Repetitive movements with resistance can grind down the cartilage in your joints. If you’re using weights that are extremely heavy, then the damage can be even worse. Bad form while weight training also causes shoulder issues because you’re using the shoulders in an unnatural range of motion. Other shoulder issues can come from:

  • Bursitis (Joint Inflammation)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Broken Collar Bone
  • Tendinitis
  • Torn Cartilage
  • Tendon Rupture
  • Impingement
  • And many more

Though some shoulder injuries can heal on their own with time, other shoulder injuries may require surgery. Your doctor will definitely make this decision for you after he/she examines your injury. If you’re starting feel pain or weakness in your shoulder, and it keeps getting worse with time, then the best thing to do is to get it examined.

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POSMC is a full-service medical facility specializing in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic injuries. The practice is led by a group of 12 board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons and a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. Contact us today!