Pain is not something that anyone enjoys.
But from time to time it is bound to happen to even the best of us.
So the question is: Do you have shoulder pain when raising your arm out to your side or perhaps out in front of you?
And your likely answer is Yes or you wouldn’t have landed on this page.
Am I right?
So now that you know you are in the right place …
Let’s get down to business.
Today is your lucky day because …
I’m going to reveal to you the top 3 reasons as to why your shoulder hurts when moving your arm out in front of you OR
Moving your arm away from your body and out to your side.
What the majority of people don’t realize is that there are some very simple steps and actions you can take at home that can help wipe away your pain fast.
I don’t need to tell you that pain, regardless of where it is in your body, prevents you from having a productive and enjoyable day.
Wouldn’t you agree?
And the absolute worst case scenario is that your shoulder pain has a direct impact on your job performance, efficiency and/or productivity.
One of the most frustrating things with shoulder injuries is that you don’t realize how much of a nuisance it is until you try to do simple things such as:
Putting on your coat, washing your hair in the shower, reaching for an item on a high shelf, throwing a ball or perhaps just putting on a baseball cap.
These are everyday actions we take for granted until an injury prevents you from doing them without pain and discomfort.
So let’s get to the possible reasons for your shoulder pain when lifting your arm out to your side or in front of you.
You can also read this post on 6 solid steps on how to treat your rotator cuff injury.
1.Shoulder Bursitis – inflammation of the bursa sac.
You have many bursa sacs in your body.
They are primarily located around joints where muscles and tendons meet and come together.
You have them near your ankle, wrists, elbow, knees, shoulder and hip joints.
These bursa sacs act like a balloon or sponge to cushion the movement between your bones.
Over time or with a sharp blow to any of these joints, these bursa sacs can become inflamed.
This can not only cause pain but it can dramatically affect your ability to move your joint as you normally would.
Unless you’ve taken a sharp, direct blow to your shoulder or you have fallen onto a hard surface …
Then I would rule out shoulder bursitis as the reason for your discomfort.
2.Shoulder Impingement – when the soft tissues of your shoulder start to compress and pinch which in turn limits range of motion.
You have many tendons which connect at different locations throughout your shoulder.
You have four rotator cuff muscles that all have attachment points to bone via tendons.
If any of these 4 tendons become compressed or pinched in any shape or form, it can dramatically affect how easy you can move your arm away from your body or out to your side.
An injury to any of the four rotator cuff muscles can cause shoulder impingement problems.
3.Frozen Shoulder – a condition that mostly occurs to individuals who’ve had their arm immobilized for long periods of time or are suffering from diabetes.
The most common complaint with frozen shoulder is the inability to freely move your arm out in front of you or out to the side.
It’s as if your shoulder joint is frozen stiff.
Hence the term frozen shoulder.
If you are suffering from this injury, your Doctor will most likely recommend cortisone injections.
This will only give you temporary relief.
Stretching out the muscles that attach to your upper arm can help improve your arm’s range of motion.
Be sure to check out this article from Total Performance Physical Therapy for another perspective on this topic.
4.Rotator Cuff Injury – an injury to any one of the four rotator cuff muscles.
This is the most common type of injury that affects the shoulder.
There are four muscles here that come into play: Subscapularis, Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, and Teres Minor.
If you damage any one of these four muscles, your shoulder movement will be limited.
Again movements such as lifting your arm away from your body, out to the side or even working with your arms overhead for extended periods of time becomes quite painful and uncomfortable.
Even putting on your jacket or taking your shirt off over your head is a challenge.
Does this sound like you?
But here’s what you must understand:
Simply choosing to ignore your symptoms and discomfort in hope that it will magically disappear on it’s own is a HUGE mistake.
For the simple reason that the damage that has already been done to your rotator cuff muscles could get worse.
And then …
You could be looking at surgery to repair it.
So you might be wondering:
What are your treatment options?
Here is what you need to consider …
There is a difference between treating your injury and treating the symptoms.
Swallowing anti-inflammatory pills every 4 hours is not a treatment.
It is simply providing symptomatic relief.
This is where SO many people go wrong and hit a dead end.
Do so will only give you temporary relief and does nothing to address or accelerate your healing process.
Then there are shoulder braces.
This is another BIG mistake.
While they can be worn for up to an hour, the problem is that they restrict blood flow to your shoulder.
TIP: You should never wear one to bed – ever!
But the fact of the matter is that what these medical devices really do is prevent your shoulder from healing properly.
They limit and restrict blood flow to areas which need it in order to heal fully.
Wearing any kind of shoulder brace is simply not recommended.
But here is where things can get worse:
How about smearing on those popular heat or cold creams/rubs.
Also known as topical anti-inflammatory creams.
I have absolutely no idea as to why people get sucked into using these creams and rubs.
Sure it gives a quick heat or cool sensation but …
They do absolutely nothing to address muscle or tendon repair.
There is no medical science to back this stuff up so …
The real truth is that it’s a complete waste of money.
Here’s what you really need to do if …
You want your shoulder pain erased for good so that you never have to experience this again.
And here’s the kicker:
You only need to perform 4 easy steps, every other day while sitting at home in front of your TV or sitting on your couch.
Click on the button below and see the 4 simple steps in action.
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