At Compass Physio in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny and Tullyallen, Co Louth we see a lot of shoulder issues from all age ranges and injury types. So I’ve decided to do a quick blog on the shoulder and the different types of injuries that can occur. As always, I can’t emphasise enough the importance of early intervention. If you have a shoulder issue or are listening to someone complain about their shoulder issue make an appointment today. Early intervention leads to better results and less PAIN!!
Anatomy: The shoulder is a ball and socket joint, the socket is quite shallow in comparison to the hip joint (Hence more dislocations). The rotator cuff is made up of 4 muscles that help to keep the arm (humerus) in the socket (scapula). It’s also attached to the breast bone through the collar bone via the acromioclavicular (A/C) joint. There are also numerous ligaments and other tendons but these are main one’s I want to discuss.
Signs that you need to see your Physio about Shoulder pain
- Pain in your shoulder at night
- Lack of movement in your arm
- Weakness in your arm
- Unable to get dressed without pain
What to do with a shoulder injury
- Position of Ease – see video
- Rest – stop doing the activity that caused the pain
- Consult GP/Pharmacists regarding pain relief
- Consult your Physio
How to avoid shoulder injuries
- Regular exercises working on the rotator cuff muscles.
- Avoid extended periods of overhead activity.
- Plan your activity to suit your ability, such as DIY, gardening, lifting and any other activity that will require upper body strength.
- Respect your age (Most people think they are 10-15 years younger than they are) – unfortunately there is no cure for mileage
So now you know all about the shoulder and what you should and shouldn’t do, consult your Physiotherapist at Compass Physio for an early intervention because it will lead to better symptoms