Shoulder pain is one of the most common complaints of young athletes and older individuals. It can be brought on by injury or chronic overuse. Basic functioning of the arm depends greatly on the proper shoulder mechanics as it connects the arm to the rest of the body. Shoulder pain can disrupt this normal functioning and cause difficulty with daily activities.
The shoulder is composed of several joints that combine with tendons and muscles to allow a wide range of motion in the arm — from scratching your back to throwing the perfect pitch. A decrease in mobility has its price, however. It may lead to increasing problems with instability or impingement of the soft tissue or bony structures in your shoulder, resulting in pain. You may feel pain only when you move your shoulder, or all of the time.
Often people will avoid shoulder movements in an attempt to lessen their shoulder pain. This sometimes leads to a tightening or stiffening of the soft tissue parts of the joint, resulting in a painful restriction of motion.
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