Though most of us take our shoulders for granted, they’re important parts of our bodies. From typing at our computer and driving to putting away groceries and going to bed at night, our shoulders are used for many daily tasks. However, they’re complex organic structures that can be subject to damage and pain. If a shoulder does begin to hurt, it can be difficult to think about anything else.
If you’re experiencing persistent pain in one of your shoulders, there are a number of potential causes, including bursitis, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, and a whole slew of dysfunctional diseases. But perhaps the most common reason people seek treatment for their shoulder is for rotator cuff tears, a problem that afflicts nearly 2 million Americans each year.
Your shoulder is composed of three bones linked together in a ball-andsocket joint, with everything supported by a collection of four muscles called the rotator cuff. The whole setup is remarkably complex, working perfectly — until it doesn’t. If any of the rotator cuff tendons become torn or frayed, the rotator cuff can no longer attach completely to the bones, leading to all kinds of dysfunction and severe, debilitating pain.
These tears usually occur from falling down on your outstretched arm, lifting something too heavy, or a gradual deterioration of the muscles. Symptoms almost always include severe pain, even when resting or sleeping, that spikes when lifting or lowering the arm. Some serious cases may cause general muscle weakness and an inability to lift the arm at all.
Luckily, if you have a rotator cuff injury, you don’t have to tolerate chronic pain. While some intense cases will require surgery to correct, it’s important to consult a physical therapist before going under the knife. Contact the experts at New Jersey Institute of Balance today and take the first step toward eliminating shoulder pain for good