How Many People Does Shoulder Pain Effect?
At any given time, 18-26% of the US population complains of having shoulder pain. This makes it one of the most prevalent problems for individuals, and as people age and begin to be less active, these issues tend to persist.
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
There are several different causes of shoulder pain. Often, pain can come from the over or under use of the shoulder joint. For many, shoulder pain later in life can be the cause of excessive strain or upward reaching movements in their younger days. Or it can be the result of an injury.
Common Shoulder Pain Diagnoses
Tendonitis: the shoulder tendon is typically inflamed or swollen
Bursitis: inflammation of the bursae, which are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between bones and soft tissues in joints
Tear: a splitting of the shoulder tendon
Impingement: this happens the rotator cuff tendons rub on the top of the shoulder blade, often happens when a person lifts up their arm
Dislocation: happens when the upper arm slips through the shoulder socket (go to the emergency room immediately)
At Home Treatments For Shoulder Pain
Gentle Stretches and Movements: these can be done with a shoulder wand or shoulder pulley. There are several different exercise you can use to begin to increase range of motion.
Adjusting Your Sleep Position: Often, people feel the most pain from sleeping at night. But you can learn how to change your sleeping position by watching this video. For those with shoulder pain, it’s suggested to avoid sleeping on their side.
Bettering posture: A Posture PT tool can be used to help with exercises that can improve posture.
Strengthening the Shoulder: Once movement is regained in the shoulder, strengthening exercises can begin. It’s important with these to not just “push past the pain” and to stop if your shoulder begins to hurt.
Why Shoulder Pulleys Help Relieve Shoulder Pain
The shoulder is a self-lubricating joint. That means if there is little or no movement, there is no lubrication. “Oil” for the shoulder is stored in a sub-surface tissue sack called the bursa. The only way this “synovial fluid” can be pumped from the bursa through the shoulder is with movement.
Smooth movements in a pain-free range, like those done with a shoulder pulley, cause the shoulder to lubricate itself and prevent it from becoming stiff or frozen.
Provided you have not suffered a traumatic accident or sports injury, movement in a pain-free range is generally considered safe for the recovering shoulder. However, if pain ranks 5 or higher on a 1 to 10 scale, one should consult with a medical professional about more aggressive and invasive procedures like manual manipulation, steroid injections and surgery to resolve the pain.
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