Did you know that about 90% of us of will tear our rotator cuff, labrum, and/or capsule at some point in time in our lives? This causes common shoulder pain. Most rotator cuff tears are minor and can be initially treated with non-surgical treatments including anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and possibly a cortisone injection. If these options fail to provide relief after several months of treatment, then surgery may be considered.
However why is this so common? And, what can be done about it?
The reason for the high prevalence of shoulder pain is due to the anatomy of the shoulder. The shallow “socket” allows for the shoulder’s great range of motion, but with this excellent mobility comes a decrease in stability, as a joint can’t be BOTH stable AND highly mobile. To prevent shoulder pain:
1) Don’t reach into the back seat to lift your heavy briefcase or purse to the front seat.
2) Take “mini-breaks” when working overhead.
3) Follow an exercise program that maintains strength in your shoulders.
4) Get help when you know the task you’re about to attempt is going to be a challenge.
5) This last step could be the most helpful of them all: You CAN ask for help! Don’t be ashamed!
This monthly pain relief update was reviewed and approved by Dr. Mark Giust of Giust Chiropractic Center in Brookhaven, MS. If you’re in the Brookhaven or surrounding areas, he’d love to be considered for your chiropractic needs.