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Almost all of us, will, at some point in time experience some form of shoulder pain! Its unique design and vast muscle attachments make it the most MOBILE joint. And therefore the most UNSTABLE. This makes it susceptible to various strains and sprains. Here is a list of the most common shoulder Injures we see here at our Glen Iris Clinic.
Rotator Cuff Injuries:
Injury to the tendons of the 4 Rotator Cuff muscles can produce shoulder pain. Accurate diagnosis is important for a structured strength and rehabilitation program.
Inflammation of this structure is VERY common. So you can see why so many opt for an often, unnecessary cortisone injections. To correctly address this problem, it is VITAL to find out WHY the bursa is irritated. That is, NOT just opt for a quick fix, such as a cortisone injection.
Medically known as Adhesive Capsulitis. Patients will go through a 6 month “Freezing”, 6 months “Frozen” and 6 months “Thawing” phases. Each with its own set of complications and treatment protocols.
The shoulder joint can “POP” out of the socket. Usually associated with trauma. Occasionally requiring surgical intervention.
The labrum is a fibrocartilage ( rubbery tissue) that helps keeps the “ball” in the “socket”. It is important to assess why the labrum has become irritated and correct the biomechanical changes that have occurred as a result of this.
Repetitive strains and sprains are very common. Tennis, swimming, football are all common sports in which we see a high degree of shoulder injuries.
Often the problem is NOT located at the shoulder, but can be coming from other strictures. The upper back or neck are 2 very common sites that refer pain to the shoulder.
As mentioned above, its the most mobile of all our joints. But also the most unstable. Weak muscular stabilization leads to instability and pain. Identifying the weakness and strengthening these is KEY to long term health and wellbeing.
AC Joint Injury:
Formed by the Collar Bone and Shoulder ( Acromion). Can become injured with a fall onto the shoulder or poor mechanics. Long term health and wellbeing of this injury requires careful consideration of the muscles around the area and strengthen these.
Not as common as other joints, as it’s a non-weight bearing joint. Degeneration and arthritic change can still affect it.