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Shoulder Difficulties

The human form has four appendages, both arms and two legs, that allow us to walk, crawl, reach, push, and pull. Our legs and arms are critical to our survival as a species. Your shoulders connect your neck to your upper arms.


Your shoulder has three parts; the humerus (long arm bone), the clavicle (collarbone), and the scapula (shoulder blade). Their successful partnership depends on a layer of cartilage, which keeps the joints working smoothly.
There are two joints in the shoulder. One is the glenohumeral joint. The top of the humerus bone, the ball-shaped part, and the scapula’s outer edge make up the shoulder joint. The shoulders have more ability to move than any other in the body. The shoulder joint can move your arm forward and backward, move your arm in circles, and move your arm up and away from your body.


Several common conditions can affect the shoulder, including rotator cuff injuries, and what is called a frozen shoulder syndrome. There are exercises that can help protect your shoulder from these injuries and prevent shoulder pain. When should you see your doctor about shoulder problems? We’ve got a handy guide to treating your shoulder pain at home and when to call for an appointment at your physician’s office. There are quite a few treatments to try before replacement surgery.

Shoulder Difficulties
The human form has four appendages, both arms and two legs, that allow us to walk, crawl, reach, push, and pull. Our legs and arms are critical to our survival as a species. Your shoulders connect your neck to your upper arms.

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Rotator Cuff Injuries

That impressive range of motion of the glenohumeral joint is due to the rotator cuff, a commonly injured group of four tendons. The purpose of ligaments is to connect your muscles to bones. When the rotator cuff tendons become inflamed, damaged, or swollen, then lifting your arm over your head may be nearly impossible.

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Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

This condition is known by doctors as adhesive capsulitis which causes stiffness and pain in the joints of your shoulder. You would notice that it begins gradually and gets worse. After one to three years, it usually resolves successfully.

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Preventing Shoulder Pain

There are simple exercises to stretch and strengthen your shoulder muscles and rotator cuff tendons. Your physical therapist can evaluate your range of motion and show you how to perform these corrective motions.

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When to See the Doctor

Home remedies often work well for uncomplicated cases of shoulder pain. You should see your doctor if any of the following conditions occur that may indicate a severe injury.

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Home Remedies for Shoulder Pain

Your doctor may prescribe medications, physical therapy, or steroid injections to help you deal with the cause of your shoulder pain. These help with the roots of the pain, but you will probably want to add some home measures to help until the treatments begin to work.

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Shoulder Replacement Surgery

If you have severe arthritis in your shoulder joints, you may be a candidate for total shoulder replacement surgery. The ball and the socket joints may wear away with arthritis, leading to limited motion, pain, and difficulty performing many basic tasks.

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