SHOULDER PAIN

WHAT ARE THE MAIN CAUSES

OF SHOULDER PAIN?

Shoulders are prone to injuries. That’s because they are highly mobile, which can easily lead to instability of the ball and socket joint.

There are many causes of shoulder pain. Some common injuries we see are from lifting heavy weights at the gym with incorrect technique, swimming, and even cleaning!

If there is any dysfunction in your shoulder movement pattern (from injury or weakness), frequent repetitive motion may create microscopic tears in the tissue fibres and irritation or inflammation to the bursa (a small fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between bone and soft tissue).

Over time, these tears and inflammation becomes chronic and your symptoms may become progressively worse.

Two leading causes of shoulder pain are:

  • Acute Injury includes direct trauma to the shoulder, such as during a sports match or an accident
  • Chronic Pain Condition, which involves pain and dysfunction in your shoulder girdle which has been there for over 3 months

Some common conditions which can create shoulder pain include: shoulder instability (swimmer’s shoulder), dislocated shoulder (due to acute trauma or hypermobility), fracture, arthritis, bursitis, or a rotator cuff injury (stabilising muscles of the shoulder).

Shoulder pain
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