Why do I have Shoulder Pain all of a sudden?
This is one of the most common questions I get asked when I
“Why did my shoulder pain start without me even doing
anything to set it off?”
Normally, there tends to be some sort of injury occurrence
that sets off shoulder pain, such as a fall onto your hands or shoulder or even
braking hard in the car that the shoulder jolts forward, can set off shoulder
Let’s understand a little more about the shoulder first.
As far as joints go, the shoulder joint is probably the most
mobile joint in the body. Think just for a minute about how often every minute
of every day that we do something with our hands, arms and shoulders. It’s
quite a lot, isn’t it?
This means then that is not very stable, which means that
sometimes it’s easy for your shoulder joint to easily go into positions that
can cause stress on the muscles around it.
The shoulder joint relies a lot on its muscles, tendons and
ligaments to support it. Unfortunately these muscle tendons often pass through
very small gaps between the bones and therefore can rub and wear down over
So, what is the cause of the pain?
It is generally an irritation of the muscle tendon, which
when going back to the cause is down to your POSTURE!
One common way this injury occurs is simply by sitting at a
desk, the arms reach forwards and round the shoulders forwards.
Although such a seemingly simple activity, over time this
repetitive movement can lead to your shoulders experiencing pain. Even reaching
to pick something up, like a book or even a small child becomes more difficult.
So how do you limit the chances of this happening?
Well the answer is quite simple really… You check your
If you notice you have to stretch quite far forward to reach
the keyboard, simply move your keyboard closer so that your elbow is at a 90
degree level and you can type comfortably.
Another way is to simply hold your shoulders back slightly.
I bet you have noticed that towards the end of the day you slump more and your
shoulders become rounded?
One problem with this position is that your shoulder blades
aren’t working properly. The muscles around the shoulder blades aren’t doing
their job as well as they should so they don’t look after your shoulder joint
like they should.
Now, if you’re currently suffering with pain, and you want
to get back to golf or tennis, be able to pick up your child or grandchild, or
whatever it is that you may love doing then don’t worry…
…Physiotherapy is the first port of call for you!
The physiotherapist will be able to assess, properly
diagnose and treat your injury, giving you the advice you need to get you back
doing exactly what you want to quicker!
If should pain is bothering you right now and you’d like to
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