The shoulder joint relies heavily on the surrounding shoulder muscles & tendons for stability. Any dysfunction of these muscles or other anatomicalstructures such as shoulder blade, collar bone or joint itself can cause pain & mobility problems.
Some of the conditions that commonly cause shoulder pain include:
* Tendonitis, due to overuse
* Shoulder joint instability
* Strains, due to overexertion
* Collar or upper arm fractures
* "Frozen" shoulder
* Pinched nerves
HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR PROTECTIONG YOUR SHOULDERS TO HELP PREVENT INJURY:
* Keep physically fit with a balanced program of aerobic exercise alongside stretching & strengthening exercises for your whole body.
* Use the correct techniques when playing sport or exercising. If you aren't sure, ask your fitness trainer to demonstrate.
* Warm up & cool down, before & after engaging in physical activity.
* Always use the correct techniques when lifting heavy or awkward objects - face the object, keep you back straight & bend your knees.
* Do not reach to place or retrieve heavy objects that are stored high above you. Always use a stable platform or a stepladder.
* If you feel any pain in your shoulder, stop the activity you are doing immediately.
* If you think you may have injured your shoulder, consult you doctor or physiotherapist.