Shoulder Pain
Friday, March 27, 2009

Shoulder problems develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse or an injury. They can also be caused by the natural process of aging. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about some common shoulder injuries in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Shoulder injuries are frequently caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as swimming, tennis, pitching and weightlifting. Injuries can also occur during everyday activities such as washing your vehicle, hanging curtains or pictures and gardening.

A common cause of shoulder pain is soreness of the tendon in the rotator cuff. Another common cause of shoulder pain is soreness of the subacromial bursa. This is a pad of fluid under the highest part of the shoulder. You might have soreness after activities that require you to lift your arms.

If the rotator cuff is involved, the pain usually is in the front or outside of your shoulder. This pain usually is worse when you raise your arm or lift something above your head.

Treatment for shoulder pain depends on the injury and may include, rest, physical treatment such as ultrasound, application of ice, anti-inflammatory medications or steroid injections. Range-of-motion exercises may also be helpful. Surgery may be needed to repair a torn rotator cuff.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.