Are you one of the thousands of people each year that suffer from shoulder pain when lifting your arm? If you are you are certainly not alone. The shoulder joint is one of the most injured joints in the human body second only to the lower back. This article will summarize some of the common causes of shoulder pain.
Shoulder Dislocation – this is an obvious source of shoulder pain and if this occurs it is highly unlikely you won’t recognize what happened. Dislocation means that the shoulder joint has come apart. The joint may stay apart until a doctor “puts in back in place” or it may go back into place by itself. It is usually very painful and can leave your arm feeling “dead.” In many cases once you dislocate you will dislocate again and again as the ligaments and shoulder capsule become loose and overstretched. A less severe form of dislocation is called subluxation and this means that the shoulder joint doesn’t fully separate but slips in and out with certain movements (like raising your arm overhead).
Rotator Cuff Injury – this is the most common cause of shoulder pain when lifting arm. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that help move and stabilize the shoulder joint. These muscles can be injured in the form of a tendonitis or tearing. Both of these problems can cause shoulder pain when lifting arm, weakness or both. The rotator cuff can be injured as easily in common people as it is in athletes.
Shoulder Bursitis – this is another common form of pain in the shoulder and can be caused from trauma, poor mechanics in the shoulder or repetitive overuse. The symptoms from this problem can be quite intense and severely limit the motion, strength and use of the affected arm. The symptoms here are very similar to a rotator cuff injury.
Acromioclavicular Joint Injury – this is a small joint on the top of the shoulder and can be injured or cause pain as a result of a trauma, overuse, or arthritis. When this joint is affected pain will usually be felt on the top of the shoulder. Lifting the arm can be painful as well. This joint is small which is why it is prone to injury.
As you can see there are several causes of shoulder pain lifting arm. Anyone can experience these types of problems whether you are active or sedentary. Do any of these problems sound familiar to you?