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Almost all of us, at some point in time will experience some form of shoulder pain! It is the most commonly injured joint in our body! Its unique design and muscle attachments make it the most MOBILE joint…. but also 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.
Bursitis: Inflammation of the bus ( the fluid-filled sac) located within the shoulder can cause a high degree of pain and “impingement” It is VITAL to find out WHY the bursa is irritated and treat the CAUSE and not just opt for a quick fix – such as a cortisone injection.
Frozen shoulder:– or the medical name – Adhesive Capusleitis. We often talk about this having a 6 months “Freezing” a 6 months “Frozen” and 6 months “Thawing” phases. Each has its own set of complications and treatment protocols.
Shoulder Dislocation: The shoulder joint can “POP” out of the socket. Usually associated with trauma. Occasionally this may require surgical intervention.
Labral Tear: 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.
Overuse Injuries: Repetitive strains and sprains are very common. Tennis, swimming, football are all common sports in which we see a high degree of shoulder injuries.
Referred Pain: 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.
Shoulder Instability: 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: The AC is the joint formed by the Collar Bone and the shoulder. This 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.
Arthritis: Although the shoulder is a non-weight bearing joint, it can still be subjected to arthritic pain and degeneration.