How can you work with your shoulder pain?

vpaulose By vpaulose, 5th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1kkixiuo/
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Do you have pain in shoulder and arm? Pinching and squeezing? You need not be panicky as if the pain and its implications are due to some kind of cancer. Just relax. Most of the IT employees in the computer world experience this pain.

Can you work with your shoulder pain?

Most of the time, this pain is neither permanent nor serious. Being anxious or stressed out about your pain in shoulder and arm, you will increase your chances of muscle spasm, which is itself both a source and amplifier of all kinds of pains.

The shoulder joint
The shoulder blade and arm bone are connected by a ball and socket joint with a large range of movement. The joint socket is shallow which enables easy motion in the arm. The ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it and the shoulder is kept stable, anchored by muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

The rotating cuff is made up of four muscles that surround the arm bone, enabling it to rotate. It is this cuff that keeps the shoulder steady when the arm bone rotates. This mobile joint tends to be more susceptible to injury which causes pain in the shoulder area.

Reasons for shoulder-joint pain

Shoulder and arm pain can be caused by one or more of the following causes

1) Soreness of the tendon
Any swelling, inflammation, tearing, or changes in bone around the joining tendons may cause pain when a person tries to move the arm above the head, behind the back, or straight out in front. This may cause pain by soreness of the tendon, the cord that attaches a muscle to a bone. The tendon of the rotator cuff which connects the part of the shoulder is unable to rotate because of the injury.

2) Soreness of the fluid sac
Another common cause of shoulder pain is soreness of the subacromial bursa, the sac of fluid under the highest part of the shoulder. This sac of fluid cushions the tendon that joins arm and shoulder blade. The fluid in the sac makes it easy to rotate the arm by lubricating the area.

3) Strain from overexertion
Shoulder and arm pain occurs after frequent use of shoulder area in activities such as painting, lifting or playing a sport, which requires lifting arms often. Pain is caused by overuse of the tendons.

4) General wear and tear as one becomes older
Although shoulder and arm pain is caused commonly by sporting activities and manual labor, the main source of shoulder problems appears to be the natural age-related degeneration of the surrounding soft tissues found in the rotator cuff.

5) Dislocation or injury
Accidents may cause injuries and dislocation, resulting in shoulder and arm pain. This is found common while playing sports or as a result of violence or other trauma. When there is a bone fracture it can be a cause of arm and shoulder pain.

6) Diseases may cause shoulder and arm pain
Diseases in the body such as gallbladder, liver, or heart disease, or disease of the cervical spine of the neck may generate pain that travels along nerves to the shoulder area.

7) Infection may be a reason
Sometimes bacterial or viral infections may develop shoulder or arm pain if the infection invades blood and bones. Staph bacteria invade the bloodstream and may cause septic arthritis of the shoulder and arm.

8) Some medical conditions may cause pain
Certain medical conditions and personal habits can increase the risk of developing this type of shoulder pain. Sometimes it may also be due to the side effects of some medication. People with heart problems and long-term illnesses such as bone cancer or multiple sclerosis may also develop shoulder or arm pains.

Sources:
1) http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/physical/injuries/
2) http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/neck-shoulder

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Arm, Arthritis, Computer, Dislocation, Infection, Joint, Shoulder Pain, Tendon

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
5th May 2011 (#)

good information. A long time a go I suffered a repetative strain type injury on the job but the doctor my work made me see insisted that it was not work related.
Years later I saw a chiropractor who said YES it was from that job.

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author avatar vpaulose
6th May 2011 (#)

Thank you Mark.

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author avatar Songbird B
5th May 2011 (#)

I have had the same Mark, and it is really painful too! glad to say all well now..Great article,vpaulose, written really well..Great share..

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author avatar vpaulose
6th May 2011 (#)

I lack words to thank you Songbird.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th May 2011 (#)

Thanks for this information vpaulose, well done!

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author avatar vpaulose
6th May 2011 (#)

Thanks a lot.

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author avatar Red Smith
6th May 2011 (#)

very interesting... thanks for sharing...

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author avatar vpaulose
7th May 2011 (#)

Thank you Red Smith for your appreciation.

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author avatar aniketnik
7th May 2011 (#)

Precisely to the point and also gives a lot of information which is of great help.

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author avatar vpaulose
7th May 2011 (#)

Thank you Aniketnik.

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author avatar jayababy
7th May 2011 (#)

Its helpful for me too. Great share.

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author avatar vpaulose
7th May 2011 (#)

Thank you Jayababy

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author avatar richardpeeej
9th May 2011 (#)

Thanks for this vpaulose, I had a terrible shoulder pain after I had been gardening a few years ago it doesn't sound much but it kept me awake at night Oh my word how painful was this !!!

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author avatar vpaulose
10th May 2011 (#)

Thank you for the comments.

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author avatar Denise O
17th May 2011 (#)

This is a very thorough article on shoulder pain, great job. My husband suffers from shoulder pain and it has gotten worse over the years, it all stems from a few decades working on cars. It hates when I say this but, exercise seems to help him the most or he stays stiff. Another great informative article my friend. Thank you for sharing.:

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author avatar vpaulose
17th May 2011 (#)

Thank you my sister for your encouraging comment.

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