Many people suffer from shoulder pain, thought it is frequent to people over forty; many young people deal with it too. It is very common among athletes due to stretching or tearing of ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
The shoulder pain is not just the result of stretching and tearing but there are many other reasons that account for the irritation. This includes rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, tendonitis, osteoarthritis or wear and tear arthritis, dislocations, sprains, swelling of bursa sac or tendons, shoulder instabilities, shoulder impingement and yet much more.
The injuries may affect ligaments, bones, muscles, menisci, joints, and muscles. They are characterized by many shoulder pain symptoms which may occur from time to time in intervals or may be continuous.
So to know if you have an injured shoulder, below are the 6 most common symptoms of shoulder injury…
1. Stiffening of Shoulder
Stiff shoulders is arguably the most common sign and first sign of a shoulder injury. Difficulty is felt when rotating the arms and in lifting lifting things.
The connective tissue membrane lines the cavities of freely moving joints. These tissues secrets a fluid in the cavity which lubricates the cartilage present on the ends of the bones and helps to reduce friction so the bones can move freely.
Stiffening may be due to inflammation of joint mucous membrane or due to the shrinkage of a capsule which increases the friction between the bones and the capsule and as a result reduces the motion of shoulder joint. This happens in frozen shoulder or impingement.
2. Swollen Joints
Swollen joints happen when an excess amount of fluid enters the tissues, that surrounds the joints, through the passive transport that is, from the region of higher concentration to lower concentration. As a result, the tissues increase in size causing swollen joints.
It is a common sign of osteoarthritis, infections and joints injuries.
Pretty straight forward, if your shoulder is irregularly shaped after some form of exercise, cool it down with an ice pack but if the condition persists you can bet you’re dealing with something more serious.
Deformity indicates a fracture or some other joint injury.
Clavicle fracture, AC injury and proximal humerus fracture are the main reasons of deformities.
4. Discoloration (bruises)
Discoloration or bruises occur due to internal hemorrhage. This happens when some blood vessel bursts or ruptures due to extra pressure in it. Hemorrhages are signs of some infections and fractures.
5. Weakness in Shoulders and Pain When at Rest
Pain in the chest is a strong initial sign of a rotator cuff injury. You can feel weakness or almost a sort of resistance when rotating the arm or lifting something up.
However, the intensity of pain can be reduced by rotator cuff exercise.
It is important to note at what angle pain occurs when you move your arms.
6. Shoulder impingement
The bursa sac swells as more fluid enters the sac. When you raise your arms do you feel a sharp pain in the shoulder?
Usually this pain occurs in the front head of the shoulder, towards your upper arm but a sharp pain anywhere is a strong enough sign.
Shoulder pains can be very severe and limiting. If you feels any of these listed symptoms be sure to visit a doctor and get immediate treatment.
Many solutions have been made such as the use of shoulder braces, exercises, use of medicines and surgeries.
Remember, the sooner you see a professional the better.