Understanding Shoulder Pain and Symptoms

There is a strong link between shoulder pain and quality of life. Research has shown that this pain can trigger certain chemicals that send messages throughout the body. These messages have an impact on how we conduct ourselves throughout the day, and can change breathing, blood pressure, muscle response, immune response, even our ability to fight diseases.

All of us at one time have experienced shoulder pain and its effects on the body and life in general. This is especially an unpleasant pain which can cause the body to react in different ways. Our movement can slow down; we may experience tiredness, sweating and so on. The shoulder blade that is supposed to strengthen core is no longer functioning normally like it should. The entire body posture may change. Chronic pain with shoulder overuse can lead to arms immobility as well. Problems related to shoulder pain can include, but not limited to:

1) Static or postural impairment, where shoulder blade is misaligned
2) Hypomobility, where shoulder blade lacks enough movement
3) Hypermobility, where there is too much movement of the shoulder but lack of strength to hold the shoulder blade still.

The structure complex made of arm, shoulder blade and collarbone should be able perform the different functions of the shoulder in any given time. When one or more of the above-mentioned issues affect the shoulder, the result is a dislocated arm, or mild/chronic pain in the shoulder. A good alignment of these parts of the shoulder allows for a wide range of mobility. Any defect in the muscles, collarbone or other parts that are attached to the neck may cause overstretching, tightness and fatigue.

As we know, the shoulder blade shares muscles with the neck and upper back area. Pain associated with these areas in most of the cases pinpoint to shoulder blades and not just spine. When the shoulder blade is misaligned, the muscles that assist in moving the arms overstretch and become exhausted to counterbalance. If the shoulder blade becomes too mobile, the mechanism around the blades need to work harder to move the arm. The muscles around the shoulder work at best when they are stable. In other words, a firm foundation is necessary for any part of the body including shoulder to function in its optimal level. On the other hand, when the parts are overworked, there is a chance of getting injured. Likewise, when the shoulder blade loses its mobility, the space around the blade and above the arm bone becomes small causing the blade to lose flexibility.

The key things to remember here is that when you are experiencing shoulder pain, it is best to tend to it as soon as possible. There are many ways to reduce or eliminate this pain and manage symptoms. For mild pain, exercise, rest, ice and elevation may help. In severe cases, surgery is recommended. Contact your physician to find out the option that is right for your situation.

 

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