The shoulder is a complex joint involving three different bones and twenty different muscles allowing for a wide range of motion. The main joint of the shoulder is connected by a group of four muscles and their tendon attachments, called the rotator cuff.
The symptoms (pain) associated with a rotator cuff injury may be described as a dull ache deep in the shoulder and may disturb sleep, particularly if you sleep on the affected shoulder. It might be difficult to comb your hair or reach behind your back and be accompanied with arm weakness. The extreme case could cause severe pain or frozen shoulder.
A rotator cuff injury may be the result of a sports or other substantial injury to the shoulder or due to progressive degeneration or wear and tear on the tendon tissue. Repetitive overhead activity, heavy lifting over a prolonged period of time, and the development of bone spurs around the shoulder can irritate or damage the tendon.
Another consideration that may explain your pain is an interrupted nerve supply to the shoulder area. Many pains in the shoulder actually originate in the cervical spine as the nerves from this region travel to the muscles and other tissues of the shoulder, as well as the arm and hand. Misalignment or subluxation will lead to premature deterioration of the joint.
Join us at our free Body Signals Workshop on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 @ 6:00 at our office where Dr. Livingstone will focus on the upper extremities of the body; the shoulders, elbows and wrists. Call (403) 320-1015 today to register.