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
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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