Millions of people visit the doctor’s office each year for a shoulder sprains and strains, including shoulder and upper arm sprains and strains. So, if shoulder pain and problems are seemingly so common, what is the solution to alleviate these conditions? Shoulder pain can stem from many different things. Frequently the pain is caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, or overhead motion such as swimming, basketball, tennis, or pitching. Even weight lifting, which is also utilized in the sports industry, can also do a number on your shoulders. You do not have to be an active athlete to experience shoulder pain. These injuries can also happen during everyday activities such cleaning the house, painting walls, or gardening.

Below we will discuss 4 of the most common types and causes of shoulder pain and what they are caused from.

4 Common Types and Causes for Shoulder Pain:

  • Rotator Cuff Injury: Of the 7.5 million people who saw the Dr. in 2006 for shoulder pain, more than 4.1 million of these visits were for rotator cuff problems. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. Causes: People will typically suffer from rotator cuff injuries from repeatedly doing the same overhead motion with their arms. This can be found in baseball players, tennis players, or painters. Rotator cuff injuries also become increasingly common with age.
  • Dislocation: Did you know that the shoulder is your body’s most mobile joint? Because of this reason, it’s one of the most commonly dislocated joint in your body. This type of dislocation happens when your upper arm-bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket that is a part of your shoulder-blade. Causes: Sports injuries can easily cause shoulder dislocation. Any hard blow to your shoulder can cause dislocation. This may also happen in a motor-vehicle accident or a fall of some kind.
  • Separated Shoulder: A separated shoulder is when the ligaments that hold your collarbone to your shoulder-blade become injured. The severity of a separated shoulder ranges, from the ligaments being mildly stretched to completely ruptured. In most cases, a separated shoulder does not require a surgical procedure. By using rest, ice, and pain relievers, many people will experience healing within a few weeks. Causes: What causes a separated shoulder is most commonly a fall or direct force to the point on your shoulder. This can be sports related or from physical trauma of a different kind.
  • Frozen Shoulder: This is typically characterized by a stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. This type of shoulder injury will typically resolve itself, but may take a couple of years to do so. Causes: If you are recovering from a medical condition or a surgery that will prevent you from moving your arm, you may be at risk of frozen shoulder. This is typical in a stroke or mastectomy patient.

As you can clearly see from above, shoulder pain is real! And, unfortunately, it is very common. We work hard to see relief come across our patients faces when caring for them at Hampton Roads Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. By providing quality care for more than 50 years to the residents in Hampton Roads, we are able to successfully help you becoming well on your way to recovery!

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