The articulation of your shoulder is without a doubt the most flexible joint in your body. It also offers a greater mobility in your movements. This flexibility allows you to hit a tennis ball backhand, play baseball, comb your hair, fasten your seat belt, stretch your arm to reach an object that is located on a shelf and more,but this flexibility does not come without problems or injury!
The shoulder is composed of three bones:
The two shoulder joints which facilitate the movement of the shoulder are:
1.The acromioclavicular joint , located between the acromion (part of the scapula, which is the highest part of the shoulder blade) and the clavicle.
2.The glenohumeral joint, commonly called the shoulder joint, which is the joint that connects the humerus to the scapula. In other words, the head of the humerus, which is almost completely spherical, is inserted into the cavity of the scapula called the glenoїde, which itself being spherical allows great flexibility of the shoulder.
Due to its instability, the shoulder joint is highly dependent on the soft tissue which surrounds it, such as Fascia, muscles, *tendons and* ligaments, to keep it in place.
Tendons are fibers that attach muscle to bone while Ligaments are fibers that attach bones together at a joint (bone to bone).Rotator cuff injury and inflammation is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain.
What is the rotator cuff?
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that are positioned around the shoulder joint. They work as a unit and their function is to stabilize the shoulder joint.
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There are a number of different problems that can affect the rotator cuff muscles and lead to their injury. The most common problems are:
1. Rotator cuff tendinitis: Rotator cuff tendinitis is an irritation and inflammation of the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles. It can happen because of an overuse of the shoulder.
2. Rotator cuff impingment syndrome: The impingment syndrome is a condition where your rotator cuff tendons are occasionally trapped and compressed between the subacromial space (space between the acromion of the scapula and the head of the humerus to which the supraspinatus muscle attach.) during shoulder movements. This causes injury to the shoulder tendons and bursa, resulting in painful shoulder movements.
3. Rotator cuff tear: They are usually tears in the rotator cuff tendon rather than in the muscles themselves.Rotator cuff tear normally happens as a result of trauma (injury) due to a fall or accident in younger people. In older people, they are often caused by an impingement syndrome.
Medical treatment for these conditions.
Possible medical treatment prescribed may include rest, painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, steroid injections and/or surgery in the case of a rotator cuff tear. These are typical treatments recommended for these conditions by our traditional health system. The treatment for these conditions can be costly and time consuming! But what if none of these conditions are the cause of your shoulder pain?
Other conditions may affect your shoulder!
Did you know that most of the time (if it is not a result of an injury) your shoulder pain could be the result of trigger points and restricted fascia. If you have never heard bout those two conditions, well,they are real and medications will have little or no effect. As a Body Worker I treat people in pain every day and in most case fascia and trigger points are one of the main reason of their pain.
In general, one or two treatments is enough to make you feel better and get you back on track to your normal life.
Here is a really good book about trigger points self -treatment for your shoulder
Thanks for reading!
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By: Michel Bourgeois, Licensed Massage Therapist & Energy Kinesiologist in Santa Monica area