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The shoulder joint has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the musculoskeletal system. It is surrounded by ligaments and a group of muscles (and their tendon attachments) referred to as the rotator cuff. These muscles and tendons join your upper arm bone with your shoulder blade and, in addition, help to lock the ball of your upper arm solidly in its shoulder socket. It is this elegant arrangement that permits the significant range of motion of your shoulder joint. And, unfortunately, it is one of the most commonly dislocated joints in the body. Shoulder dislocations can happen to young and old alike. In fact, an article published in the March 2010 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) suggests that the majority of choulder dislocations occur during sports activities and young males are at a higher risk. No surprise there. But, what is surprising, however, is that the study also reveals a high rate of shoulder dislocation in elderly women.
The shoulder joint can dislocate forward, backward or downward. The most common shoulder dislocation happens when the shoulder slips forward (anterior instability). The arm bone is moved forward and down and out of its joint. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, numbness, weakness, and bruising. A dislocation can tear ligaments or tendons in the shoulder or even damage nearby nerves. To treat the dislocation, a doctor will manipulate the arm bone (the humerus) and replace it in the shoulder socket. This stops the severe pain and allows for the injured tissues to heal.
Remember, whether you are young or an aging baby boomer, it’s important to keep your musculoskeletal system moving smoothly. Always do limbering exercises before playing a sport or working in the garden. And, never play or work into pain. If you experience shoulder pain, see a healthcare professional.
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There’s no doubt about it, your shoulders carry plenty of responsibility. You depend on them to perform many different actions in the course of your day. This variety of involved motion aids you in doing what you need to do in your life – at work and at play. However, as your Wichita Chiropractor can tell you, if you are currently suffering from shoulder pain, you’ve probably been overworking your shoulders. How? You might be involved in repetitive activities such as lifting and other arm movements, in particular those done overhead like throwing a baseball, swinging a golf club or tennis racket, or merely putting items on overhead shelves. Nerve irritation, joint stress, and wear and tear of the tissues surrounding the shoulder joints can occur as the result of these types of repetitive motions. On the other hand, repetitive activities shouldn’t actually create pain if your shoulder is healthy. If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder, it’s nothing to play around with. It is evidence that there’s a problem that requires attention.
When the nerves are irritated, your shoulder muscles frequently become stiff, even weak, and motion is painful and confined. This often takes place in the ligaments and a group of muscles (and their tendon attachments) referred to as the rotator cuff. These muscles and tendons join your upper arm bone with your shoulder blade and, in addition, help to lock the ball of your upper arm solidly in its shoulder socket. It is the elegant arrangement of this combination that permits the most significant range of motion of any joint in your body.
The symptoms of this shoulder impingement syndrome can extend from a slight “catching” pain with activity (in particular raising your arm overhead), to an almost entire inability to use the shoulder. Never ignore your shoulder pain or continue an activity while in pain. It is crucial for you to attend to your shoulder problem as soon as you’re able because the pain will only go from bad to worse. Unhappily, if disregarded, some shoulder problems, such as Rotator Cuff Syndrome, frequently end up requiring surgery and a long rehabilitation.
Dr. Melody Shubert, your Chiropractor in Wichita, is an authority in the area of musculoskeletal problems, and she knows what to do to get you out of pain. Because chiropractic care focuses on the reason for your shoulder pain, the problem is treated at its source. Dr. Shubert will help to restore healthy mobility to your shoulder joints, and will also recommend rehabilitation exercises that will not only help you get rid of the shoulder pain you have now, but will help you to avoid shoulder injuries in the future.