You’re stopped at a traffic light, with cars to your right and left. As you glance into your rearview mirror, you notice the driver behind you is looking down – and showing no signs of stopping. There’s no place to move, so instinctively, you tighten your grasp on the steering wheel, tense your body and prepare to be hit.
The shoulder is one of the largest and most complicated joints in the human body. It’s formed where the upper arm bone fits into the shoulder blade, like a ball and socket, and with a couple other bones and a liquid filled bursa, it is wrapped in a plethora of tendons, ligaments, cartilage and muscle. The “ball” of the upper arm bone fits loosely into this socket, giving the joint a wide range of motion, but unfortunately it can also be vulnerable to injury. How can you protect this important joint structure and what can you do for shoulder pain prevention and relief?
Doing laps at the pool is a great way to stay in shape when the temperatures outside rise, but occasionally, unexpected shoulder pain can have you throwing in the towel. Is your front crawl or backstroke breaking your stride? Swimmer’s Shoulder may be to blame.
Frozen shoulder, sometimes mistaken for arthritis, is a common condition that can be extraordinarily painful, limiting quality-of-life. Here is some basic information on the condition.
What is frozen shoulder?
Many of us suffer from adhesive capsulitis, commonly known as frozen shoulder. The articular shoulder capsule becomes inflamed, scar tissue is generated, and the shoulder’s range of motion becomes progressively limited. It can occur to both shoulders at once but is isolated to one shoulder in about 80% of patients.