Shoulder pain

Causes and Treatment

Shoulder Pain

The shoulder joint is made up of bones held in place by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Tendons are tough cords of tissue that hold the shoulder muscles to bones. They help the muscles move the shoulder. Ligaments hold the three shoulder bones to each other and help make the shoulder joint stable.

Many shoulder problems are caused by the breakdown of soft tissues in the shoulder region. Using the shoulder too much can cause the soft tissue to break down faster as people get older.

Shoulder pain may be felt in one small spot, in a larger area, or down the arm. Pain that travels along nerves to the shoulder can be caused by diseases such as:

  1. Gallbladder disease.
  2. Liver disease.
  3. Heart disease
  4. Disease of the spine in the neck

The most common shoulder problems are:

  1. Dislocation
  2. Separation
  3. Rotator cuff disease
  4. Rotator cuff tear
  5. Frozen shoulder
  6. Fracture
  7. Arthritis

The symptoms and treatment of shoulder problems vary, depending on the type of problem

Where dislocation, separation and fracture only occur with an accident or fall/injury. The rotator cuff tear, arthritis and frozen shoulder can commonly occur with overuse of the shoulders in a repetitive manner and muscular imbalance. This means if the shoulder has been used to do the same kind of activities for a long time. Usually, this type of pain can be related to postural stress and strain on the neck and upper back musculature. This increases the pain each time the shoulder is being used.

Physical therapy or massage therapy can help in treating this type of pain resulting from overuse of the shoulder. Once the pain is reduced, correcting the muscle imbalance with the use of stretching and strengthening exercises helps to improve the shoulder movement to normal.

If you have any shoulder pain or discomfort, we can help. We provide free consultation to explain and answer your questions regarding your pain. Please Call 905 607 9952 to book appointment or walk in for further information.

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