Shoulder pain can substantially hamper an individual’s daily activity, from driving to carrying groceries. Dr. Dinash Yanamadula of Riverview Pain & Spine Institute, located in Edgewater, New Jersey, provides safe and effective relief of a wide range of shoulder pain issues for patients throughout Edgewater and its surrounding communities.
The shoulder is a complicated joint. In fact, it is actually made up of four joints, as well as three major bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Shoulder pain may originate in the joint itself, or from any of the many surrounding muscles, ligaments or tendons. Shoulder pain is most often the result of a musculoskeletal injury or stress from overuse, particularly from sports such as baseball, tennis, swimming, and volleyball. Some 25% of all sports injuries are related to the shoulder.
Among the most common specific causes of shoulder pain are:
Medical care is advised in cases where shoulder pain does not decrease within a few days, range of motion is severely restricted such that the joint can’t be mobilized, or the affected arm can not be moved.
Depending on the root cause of the pain, Dr. Yanamadula may use one or more treatments to address shoulder pain. This includes:
The rotator cuff in the shoulder is a capsule that contains the fused tendons of the shoulder. This structure supports both arm and shoulder movements and, because of how it is able to move, it is very prone to injury, especially in athletes. The four muscles that make up the cuff not only move the joint but stabilize it as well. The shoulder has a very large range of motion, being able to move in almost every direction. Hyperflexion or overextension of the rotator cuff can result in tears and pulls that can permanently damage the capsule. The rotator cuff can also be damaged if too much weight is being lifted without the support of the rest of the body.
Most shoulder injuries occur when a person is reaching outward away from the body. While this alone will rarely cause much damage, bearing weight on the shoulder while reaching can tear the muscles and stretch the tendons. This can tear the cuff and limit the shoulder's rotation and range of motion. Lifting a heavy object without supporting the shoulder with the rest of the body can also pull on the cuff, stretching and possibly tearing the muscles and tendons. Falling directly on the shoulder can cause bruising and inflammation to occur within the capsule and also result in damage to the shoulder socket, clavicle, and scapula.
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