Shoulder pain treatments
Imagine not being able to use one of your arms. Unable to readily raise your hand, you would find yourself oddly limited in your movements. A healthy, pain-free, mobile and strong shoulder is by no means a luxury. One could even say it is a condition of being independent, because we do virtually everything with our upper limbs; even moving around with crutches, a wheelchair or a walker requires the use of both arms.
The shoulder is the human body’s most mobile and complex joint. Along with the elbow, it moves the hand to specific places with strength and precision.
The shoulder is actually made up of four joints, not just one. The largest of these is the glenohumeral, with the others being the sternoclavicular, the acromioclavicular and the scapulothoracic joints, all connected by groups of muscles, tendons and ligaments. In practice, a shoulder surgeon deals more with soft tissues than he does with bones. Fortunately, the shoulder generally heals very well, albeit more slowly than other joints. Post-operative follow-up is therefore crucial, and patience is as much a part of healing as physical therapy.