Shoulder pain diagnosis and treatment
Do you suffer from shoulder complaints?
The shoulder is made of several joints that combine with muscles, ligaments, and tendons called the rotator cuff. It is where the collarbone, shoulder blade, and humerus (upper arm bone) come together. Of all the joints in the body, the shoulder has the widest range of motion – your arm can reach up, behind, and across the body, to scratch your back or to throw a perfect pitch. This great mobility has its price, however. Problems with instability or impingement of the soft tissue or bony structures in your shoulder can result in severe pain in the shoulder, upper arm, and neck. Sometimes the pain can radiate to your elbow and finger too. The pain can come with movement or persist all the time. It may be temporary, or it may continue and require medical diagnosis and treatment.
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Injuries can be caused by a shock, the wrong movement, falls or blows, repetitive motion over time, bone spurs, or weakness due to age. Various injuries include:
- Sprains caused by stretched or torn ligaments due to a wrong movement
- Dislocation of the top of the humerus/arm bone from the shoulder socket
- Torn rotator cuff when one of the major tendons in the shoulder tears and pulls away from the top of the humerus. A partial tear is when the tendon is damaged, but not completely severed.
- Fracture / break / crack in your bone. It can be across your bone or along the length of your bone
Chronic problems can occur over time if the tendons develop small tears, by doing a certain activity over and over, or from the usual wear and tear that comes with age. Weak muscles and inactivity are some of the main reasons for shoulder pain.
Tendinitis as a result of irritated and inflamed rotator cuff tendons.
Bursitis is when the bursae (small sacks of fluid) in the shoulder become swollen and inflamed.
Arthritis causing pain, stiffness, and swelling in the shoulder joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common type and is caused by the slick cushion of cartilage wearing away.
Frozen shoulder causing stiff or sore shoulder and neck muscles. This can be due to wrong posture, for example, when you are hunched over a computer keyboard all day.
Treatment for Shoulder Pain
The DAVID instructor measures the shoulders using our proprietary medical equipment with strength, mobility, and strength-balance testing functionality. The results are compared against the normative values of a healthy shoulder considering the height, weight, age, and sex of the patient. Based on this information we develop an individualized treatment plan to exercise the shoulder muscles. We have consistently been able to deliver great clinical outcomes with significantly increased mobility, endurance, and strength levels to help improve your daily life.
David Shoulder Reference Centers
David is the largest supplier of medical shoulder equipment with more than 100 intelligent installations worldwide. At these locations, certified physiotherapists are trained to guide people with shoulder pain using medical Exercise Therapy guidelines. Visit our reference page for more information about a shoulder center in your own country/area.