Overuse injuries in the shoulder have a number of different names:
“Rotator Cuff Injury, Rotator Cuff Tendonitis, Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome, Biceps Tendonitis, Bursitis, Partial Rotator Cuff Tear and Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Tear”
You may have one of these scary sounding injuries if:
– you have pain at the top of your shoulder joint
– this pain sometimes runs down your outside arm towards your elbow
– this pain gets aggravated by lifting your arms overhead, or reaching back behind you
– you sometimes feel a clicking in your shoulder when moving your arm.
There are 3 different ways to get these type of Shoulder Overuse Injuries:
1 Overusing your arms : either at at work or at training
2 Poor lifting technique or posture when working or training
3 Old shoulder injuries can trigger tendonitis & bursitis
These are the shoulder injuries that tradies, surfers and cross fitters get!
Try This Test To See If You Need A Scan And Surgery ?
Here is a simple test to determine if your shoulder pain is due to a Rotator cuff Tear. Extend your painful arm straight out and away from your body and lift it to shoulder level. Then SLOWLY lower your fully extended arm back to your side.
If you cannot lower the arm with smooth control, or this lowering creates substantial pain in your injured shoulder, you may have a Rotator Cuff Tear. An Ultrasound will confirm you have a tear, and in this scenario surgery may be your best option.
For all other types of Shoulder Overuse Injuries, you’re best to focus on a good treatment program rather than worrying about unnecessary and expensive scans or surgeries.
As always, anti inflammatory drugs including steroid injections are your standard medical options.
But using drugs alone can’t clear the underlying cause which is faulty shoulder joint & muscle mechanics.
A good treatment protocol will successfully identify the key muscles & tendons involved, and work to restore them back to normal function.
Physiotherapy, Myotherapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Massage and Acupuncture are commonly used treatment options for Overuse Injuries of the Shoulder.