Many of us experience shoulder paint throughout our lifetime and it is important to take extra steps to prevent shoulder injury that can become a chronic issue.
Each shoulder features a rotator cuff: soft tissue the surrounds the ball and socket joint where the arm attaches to the trunk of the body. The cuff is created by four short muscles - the supraspinatus, infrapinatus, teres minor and subscapularis - or the SITS muscles. Shoulder rotation is controlled by the contraction and relaxation of the SITS muscles.
Anyone is at risk for shoulder injury but individuals with physically stenuous jobs like construction workers and athletes commonly experience this type of injury.
One common injury is CIS, or Chronic Impignement Syndrome, is characterized by shoulder pain and neck pain that lasts over a long period of time. If left untreated, the tendons may actually separate from the bone casing the shoulder to become weak, numb and lose power of movement. This condition is called Rotator Cuff Disease and this is a severe condition that may result in permanent shoulder damage.
Here are keys to prevent shoulder injury:
schedule regular chiropractic checkups
apply ice at 15 minute intervals if your shoulder feels sore after excessive use
tendons may patch themselves but this decrease in pain is no cure for the damage
refrain from excessive exercise or activity until your doctor says it is safe to return
plan frequent breaks, warm up and cool down properly before performing activities using your shoulder
make an appointment for chiropractic care as soon as you feel discomfort or pain