The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body, allowing us to do everything from throwing a ball to scratching our backs. But the mobility of the shoulder also has a down side, and Saint Francis Hospital in Bartlett has an upcoming program to discuss shoulder pain and its treatment.
“It has been estimated that approximately 67 percent of people will have shoulder pain at some point in their lives,” said orthopedic specialist Marcus Biggers, M.D. “The flexibility of the shoulder can come at the expense of stability.”
There are many possible causes for shoulder pain, including bursitis, labral tears and impingement. However, nearly two-thirds of shoulder injuries involve the rotator cuff.
“Athletes often experience rotator cuff injuries as a result of the repetition that comes with a skill such as throwing a ball,” Biggers said. “However, the rotator cuff can also be damaged due to sudden trauma such as a fall.”
In addition to pain, a person suffering from a rotator cuff injury may also experience weakness or loss of shoulder mobility. A click or pop may also be heard or felt when the shoulder is moved. Movements that involve overhead motion, such as getting dressed or combing hair may become difficult and painful after this type of injury.
“If you are experiencing shoulder pain for more than a week, it is probably time to see a physician,” Biggers said. “We will do the tests necessary to diagnose what is causing the pain. Then, we can begin the treatment necessary to help eliminate the pain. It’s not unusual for us to be able to accomplish this through non-invasive methods such as physical therapy.”
To find out more about what may be causing your shoulder pain and possible treatment options, attend a free seminar in the Magnolia Room at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett at 6 p.m. Aug. 30. To register for the event, please call (877) 624-2762 or go to ConqueringJointPain.com.