Carrying the World on Your Shoulders: Chronic Shoulder Joint Pain
Shoulder joint pain is a very common health condition that affects many people. After a hard, strenuous activity, shoulder joint pain could occur. Both men and women are susceptible, regardless of age and race. With that, some people take it lightly and do not seek medical attention to treat it. But when the joint pains last longer than expected, one should not ignore these kinds of situations.
Chronic shoulder joint pain is described as the condition wherein the current joint pain has lasted for more than six months. The onset of these bone-related medical conditions, are usually caused by too much pressure and strain on the bones and muscles in the shoulder area.
The Run-down of Chronic Shoulder Joint’s Causes
Other than too much strain from physical activities, some medical conditions are also associated with these bone injuries.
- Bone fractures on the shoulder regions may contribute to the pain.
- When a tendon near the shoulders is inflamed there is a higher possibility of shoulder joint pains.
- Rotator Cuff Tears is characterized by separation of rotator cuff tendons.
- Shoulder instability caused by the dislocation of shoulder ball-and-socket joint is attributed to shoulder bone problems.
- Adhesive capsulitis or stiff shoulders can also contribute to discomfort.
- Calcific tendonitis causes pain in the shoulders because calcium compounds abnormally deposit the tendons in the shoulder region.
Chronic shoulder joint pain can also be the symptom of an underlying medical condition or some complications brought by past shoulder surgeries. Here are some of those conditions:
- Rheumatoid arthritis is the inflammation or thickening of the synovial membrane that surrounds the joints. This will result to the loss of cartilage, which is the part, which serves as a cushion to protect the bones, further resulting to stiffness and pain.
- Osteonecrosis, aseptic necrosis, ischemic necrosis and avascular necrosis- whichever term you want to use, they all refer to the loss (permanent or temporary) of supply of blood to the bones, resulting to the collapse of the joint.
- Rotator cuff tear atrophy is also one of the medical conditions, which is the combination of an irreparable rotator cuff tendon tear and severe arthritis.
- Osteoarthritis is a condition, which also involves the loss of cartilage, giving out stiffness and pain.
Symptoms of the Bone Ailment
Here is a checklist of the usually occurring manifestations of chronic shoulder joint pains.
- Prolonged duration of constant or recurring pain, which may last beyond six months.
- A feeling that the shoulder region is being twisted.
- Presence of bruises on the area.
- Shoulder is swollen or tender.
- A slight movement of the shoulder causes extreme aching.
- There is a popping sound every time the joint moves.
Wrapping it up, any pain that lasts longer that the usual could be a bad indication of a more serious medical condition. Seek your doctor’s advice as soon as possible so as to not make the condition worse.