Shoulder injuries are one of the most common in athletics and the work place, but everyone is susceptible. Most people will have some type of shoulder pain at least once during their life time. I was around 13 years old the first time I hurt my shoulder while shoveling dirt and rocks for my uncle. Looking back I am pretty sure I tore my rotator cuff. It hurt to try and raise my hand above my head. Since then I’ve tweaked my shoulders a number of times during various activities including lifting weights. Now that I’m older (43), but in the best shape of my life, I take extra care with my body and especially my shoulders. This article is not to about diagnosing shoulder injuries, that is up to a qualified doctor. If you have sharp pain in one of your shoulders I always recommend seeing your doctor or chiropractor immediately.
The shoulder joint is a complex ‘ball and socket’ joint. It has amazing range of motion, but is also very unstable. The rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint that help keep it securely in place. Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common causes of shoulder pain in adults. Athletes who throw objects, such as baseball or tennis players, have a high rate of injury as well as occupations that have the person repeatedly lifting their arms overhead. Other causes of shoulder pain may include osteoarthritis, tendinitis, impingement, or a fracture.
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