Are you suffering from shoulder pain? Front shoulder pain is often an indication of an injury to your rotator cuff.
The rotator cuff is a set of four muscles that surround and hold your shoulder joint together. The muscles and tendons of the rotator cuff work together in an intricate dance to allow your shoulder to move in the myriad of ways that it has to move during the course of daily life. They are especially important in overhead reaching and lifting motions.
These muscles are also very important for athletes, particular those involved in any sport that requires throwing, overhead arm movements, or repetitive circular motions. Shoulder cuff injuries are common in baseball, softball, tennis, swimming, and kayaking.
Rotator cuff injuries can cause both sharp and dull aching pain. Front shoulder injuries often involve the subscapularis muscle. The subscapularis is largest and strongest of the rotator cuff muscles. It is located on the front of your shoulder joint, but curls around and attaches underneath your scapula (shoulder blade). If you curl your shoulder (try this with your non-injured shoulder) forward, one of the muscles you are tensing is the subscapularis. A tear in this muscle will be very painful and prevent any forward rotational movement.
Injuries to the shoulder capsule is another source of pain. Front shoulder capsule injuries can be very painful and lead to frozen shoulder symptoms. The shoulder capsule is a gristly bag of tissue that completely surrounds the shoulder joint. It helps hold the shoulder in place and the fluid inside acts to lubricate the joint. A tear or injury to the shoulder capsule can be particularly troublesome. The capsule material can sometimes adhere directly to the bones of the shoulder joint, leading to a frozen shoulder.
Depending on the severity of the injury, surgery is sometimes recommended.
Front shoulder injuries can often be healed through targeted physical therapy exercises. Targeted exercises like these can be used to help reduce pain, restore flexibility, and improve overall stability in the shoulder. These exercises also help to rebuild strength and prevent further injury.
The good news is that most of these shoulder pain recover exercises are easy to learn and can be done on your own without any specialized equipment. You don’t need to hire a personal trainer or undergo a long series of expensive physical therapy sessions. You just need to learn the correct technique.