July 20, 2018
Shoulder pain accounts for a staggering 7.5 million doctor’s visits per year. When something goes wrong with your shoulder, it hampers your ability to move freely and can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort.
The shoulder’s design is intricate with several working together. It is the most mobile joint in the body, allowing the arm to move in a circular motion, as well as up and away from the body. It is common for the shoulder to become misaligned or unstable through overuse or injury, which results in pain.
The most common sensations associated with shoulder pain include:
Repetitive movements wear down the shoulder over time. Manual labor or more intense motions such as playing sports can cause or aggravate an injury. Many injuries result from inflexibility and limited range of motion caused by a forward positioned shoulder or protracted scapula. This is visible in posture when you see forward slumping shoulders.
There are exercises and habits you can incorporate daily to help address and protect your body from should pain and strength issues.
Stabilizing the shoulder is commonly the first part of the rehabilitation process. Repositioning the shoulder to proper alignment allows your body sensors to get the muscle “biofeedback” they need to tell the brain how to operate the joint in optimal fashion. Combined with continual attention to holding this strong foundation, even weak shoulders can regain the strength to perform again without pain.
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