Think about these every day movements: reaching for a can on a
supermarket shelf, shampooing your hair, changing the car radio.
Consider these tasks with shoulder pain or without fluid shoulder
The shoulder is the most movable and flexible joint. This very
flexibility also makes it one of the most fragile joints, prone to
sudden injury—such as that experienced by a major league pitcher who
tears a rotator cuff—and wear and tear from everyday use.
Shoulder impingement syndrome: The leading cause of
shoulder pain is a group of conditions called shoulder
impingement syndrome. With any of these problems, a continuous
dull ache can become a sharp pain when you try to move your arm,
especially over your head.
Bursitis: Bursitis is an irritation of the bursa, a
fluid-filled sac providing a cushion between the rotator cuff
tendons and the shoulder bone.
Tendinitis: Tendinitis is a swelling of the tendons of
the rotator cuff deep in the shoulder that, along with muscles,
help stabilize the upper arm bone in the shoulder joint and
allow the arm to rotate.
Irritated rotator cuff: Excessive wear can lead to severe
irritation, roughening, and eventually ulceration and tearing of
the rotator cuff. Shoulder pain can also occur with:
Tears of the labrum (the soft, fibrous tissue rim that
surrounds the shoulder socket)
Dislocated shoulder (when the ball comes partially or
completely out of the socket)
Treating Shoulder Injuries
A large percentage of shoulder conditions are treated conservatively
with anti-inflammatory medications, rest, ice or cortisone injections.
Once the pain and inflammation are under control, a program of physical
therapy can help many patients regain motion.
When these treatments don't bring relief, surgery may be recommended.
Many shoulder problems—including impingement syndrome, rotator cuff
tears, torn cartilage and an unstable joint—can be corrected through
arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgical technique. In some cases,
however, if the damage is severe, a shoulder replacement is the only
option for pain-free motion.
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