The shoulder is one of the most used and mobile joints in the body, which is why it can be so difficult when you are experiencing pain or an injury in that area. A complex ball and socket joint, essentially, the shoulder is made of the humerus (arm bone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and clavicle (collarbone). Due in large part to how much we use our shoulders, this joint is incredibly susceptible to injury. There are many different types of shoulder pain and injuries, but two of the most common causes of pain are overuse and poor posture. In today’s society many people spend the entire day typing on a computer, hunched over and full of concentration. We often don’t realize just how hard this is on our bodies overall, especially our shoulders.
There are many different symptoms and types of shoulder pain that people can experience – including an aching, burning pain right between the shoulder and the neck. Others complain of a sharp pain at the tip of the shoulder when reaching their arms overhead. Regardless of the type of pain, it is a good idea to take action as soon as possible. The longer you ignore it and don’t seek treatment, the worse it will get.
When it comes to shoulder pain or injuries, there are numerous different treatment options, from surgery and medication to physical therapy. In recent years alternative forms of medicine have become more widely used to treat a host of injuries and ailments, including shoulder injuries. In order to better understand how you may benefit from physical therapy for your shoulder injury, we thought it would be helpful to go over some of the most common shoulder problems people experience. If you are living with any of the following, we encourage you to consult a Grand Prairie physical therapist to see if this is a viable option for you.
Some Common Shoulder Injuries and Problems
Some of the most common shoulder problems and injuries that can be treated with physical therapy include:
Kenneth Mauck, MPT, MS , Manual Therapy Expert