Shoulder Pain: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Shoulder pain affects about one out of every ten people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shoulders have the greatest range of motion of any human joint. It’s no surprise they’re sometimes hurt!
Shoulder Injuries: As a personal injury lawyer, I represent people who have sustained severe shoulder injuries or broken bones as a result of an accident. Shoulder injuries can occur when a bicyclist is struck by a car in a crosswalk, when someone slips and falls on a spill on the floor, or when someone trips over a pothole or other tripping hazard in a grocery store, as well as in pedestrian/car collisions.Learn more by visiting QC Kinetix (Greensboro)-Knee Pain Doctor

Shoulder Anatomy: The most often dislocated joint is the shoulder. The shoulder is not as tightly connected as the rest of our body’s ball and socket joints. Shoulder sockets are shallower and flatter, with a lot of soft tissue holding the balls (the upper end of the top arm bones) in place.
Shoulder Issues: Shoulders are vulnerable to a variety of accidents in addition to wear and tear. Problems with the ligaments and tendons of the shoulder are more common than with the bones. An examination, as well as x-rays or an MRI, will help doctors pinpoint the exact location of shoulder pain.
Shoulder Injuries Come in a Variety of Forms: When the ball-shaped top of the upper arm (humerus) is pushed out of its socket (glenoid), the soft tissue covering it is stretched and sometimes torn, resulting in a lot of swelling and pain in the shoulder. As a consequence, the front of the shoulder’s supporting ligaments can be weakened. Shoulder dislocation can be excruciatingly painful. While a doctor may normally move the arm back into position, shoulder surgery may be required in some cases.
A dislocated shoulder is commonly caused by a slip and fall accident, as well as a pedestrian or bicycle accident.
The nature of the injury makes it more susceptible to dislocation in the future. Since soft tissue deteriorates with age, the damage to an older adult’s body may be more serious.
Rest, ice packs, pain killers, muscle relaxants, and physical therapy are all common treatments for a dislocated shoulder. A split shoulder occurs closer to the spine, at the point where the top of the shoulder blade (scapula) meets the collarbone (clavicle). Ligaments that connect the two bones are stretched or broken.
Rest, ice, pain relievers, and physical therapy are commonly used to treat a separated shoulder joint injury.
Rotator Cuff Injury: The rotator cuff is the structure under the deltoid and pectoralis muscles that keeps the ball of the shoulder in its socket. It is made up of four muscles and many tendons. An inflammatory rotator cuff injury may progress to partial tears, small tears, and larger tears. A rotator cuff injury may cause one of the tendons to detach from the arm bone. Pressure in the shoulder and upper arm that gets worse over time and when the arm is raised or lowered are among the symptoms.
Rotator cuff tears may be managed with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication, as well as physical therapy, if caught early. Ultrasound, in combination with steroid cream, can minimise inflammation and improve blood flow, hastening the healing process. In more severe shoulder rotator cuff tears, arthroscopic surgery can be used to reattach the tendon.
Frozen Shoulder: Frozen shoulder affects certain people who have an injured shoulder that requires immobilisation as part of their recovery plan. When the shoulder becomes immobile, scar tissue forms, which locks the shoulder joint in place.
Frozen Shoulder Treatment: Frozen shoulder is a painful condition that is often treated with anti-inflammatory medication, heat, and stretching. In more severe cases, steroid injections or electrical stimulation of the shoulder joint are needed. When the frozen shoulder does not respond to conservative treatment, physicians use anaesthesia to perform a forced manipulation to free the joint from the scar tissue.