Shoulder pain can cause diminished strength, loss of mobility and affect other parts of your life, such as getting a good sleep. Whether you’re experienced a recent shoulder injury or have suffered from long-term shoulder pain, here’s how to deal with it
The shoulder joint is one of the most complex parts of the body and pain in this area can be the result of many different factors.
If you’re suffering shoulder pain without having experienced trauma or event that seemed to cause it, there may be a number of reasons behind it. Some of the causing factors may include other injuries you may have had, poor posture, reduced mobility or environmental or lifestyle issues which can come together and result in shoulder pain.
Often shoulder pain is caused by a specific injury. All too common in manual occupations as a result of heavy and repetitive lifting, shoulder injuries can also be picked up playing racket sports or simply by demonstrating poor posture in the office. On the other hand, some shoulder injuries can result from a jarring action or from trauma.
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Symptoms - what you could be experiencing
If you’ve picked up a shoulder injury, you’ll notice a reduced level of strength in the affected area. The mobility of the shoulder may lessen, especially over time and although the dull ache is usually mild, moving your arm will cause this to increase.
Injuring your shoulder is painful, yes. But it’s the loss of strength, the loss of mobility and the impact on your everyday life that may be a more pressing issue. If you’ve experienced shoulder pain for a while, you’ll know how it can sap your energy, stopping you doing even the most basic tasks. Because of its location, the pain also affects other parts of your health. Sleeping becomes a problem as moving your shoulder into any position aggravates the pain.
Long-term effects - what’s in store
Continue using your bad shoulder and you’ll find normal tasks will become significantly harder. This can hinder your work, sports and leisure time leading to frustration and a lack of enthusiasm - an inevitable result of the persistent pain.
With pain intensifying upon movement, many are reticent to move their injured joint at all. Performing tasks one-handed poses obvious issues, but the real problem arises when your shoulder mends itself incorrectly. This is especially problematic after breaks and dislocations from sporting injuries.
Your GP may recommend taking time off to allow your injury to heal, but when your livelihood is at stake, many choose to push through the pain. They go back to work and exacerbate their existing injury. Also, the same with sports. No matter how much you’re told to rest, the temptation to hurry recovery and get back in action again means there’s a risk of making the problem worse.
So how can you get your shoulder fixed? Should you attempt to fix it yourself with rehabilitation exercises? Should you seek surgery?
Or should you get manual treatment? And what treatment will get your shoulder fixed fastest?
Although there are ways of easing your pain through exercise, it’s a good idea to seek a professional opinion as soon as possible. We suggest this to ensure you’re not making the shoulder pain worse or doing permanent damage.
While taking the injury into your own hands can cause more harm than good, on the other side of the spectrum, surgery is rarely needed to fix shoulder injuries.
There are a number of therapies and treatments available which alleviate joint pain and bring you back to full mobility and strong health. At The Heeler Centre, we have a range of available therapists and a dedicated sports injury team who can help. Regardless of who you see, every consultation begins with taking the time to talk through your injury, how it happened and how it’s affecting you physically and emotionally. This consult helps us get to the root of your problem, and ensures you make a full recovery as quickly as possible.