Shoulder pain is often a series of events, each one a little more troublesome than the previous one. It can begin with bursitis or tendinitis, then impingement syndrome, bone spurs, small tears in the rotator cuff tendons, and full-thickness tears. Most shoulder injuries share some common causes (overuse is one of them) and symptoms (shoulder pain). Most cases are treatable without surgery and everyone is susceptible, especially athletes who depend on regular and heavy use of the shoulder joint.
The shoulder blade must move to be able to raise the arm overhead. Often the muscles that attach to the scapula do not activate well. When this happens the scapula does not move correctly which in turn causes the shoulder to have faulty mechanics. Over time this results in pain.
Quick Fixes to Ease the Pain
• Stop or limit the movement that causes the pain.
• Don’t carry heavy bags or other equipment with the affected arm, and don’t use bags with shoulder straps.
• Correct your posture throughout the day - keep your chest up and shoulder blades back and down.
• Apply ice packs for 15-20 minutes, 3-4 times a day.
• Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen may relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
• If the pain does not subside or is getting worse over time consult a Physician or Physical Therapist.
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