Chronic Shoulder Pain
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Shoulder pain which lasts for more than six months is considered chronic. Pain in any part of the body can become chronic, but a number of factors make the shoulder particularly susceptible to chronic pain conditions. Cold therapy can give you relief from the pain so that you can work on the underlying cause of your chronic shoulder pain.
Chronic Shoulder Pain and Frozen Shoulder
Frozen shoulder is a very painful inflammatory condition of the shoulder that squeezes the joint making it difficult to move. Frozen shoulder can occur on its own, but it can also be the result of prolonged immobilization of the shoulder due to a shoulder injury or pain.
Frozen shoulder can be the cause and/or the result of chronic shoulder pain. When frozen shoulder is involved in chronic shoulder pain, the only way to resolve the problem is to reduce the inflammation and get the shoulder moving.
Shoulder instability can cause pain and a feeling that your shoulder is going to slip out of place. Having dislocated your shoulder in the past or participating in sports with a lot of overhead activity such as swimming, can lead to shoulder instability. Some people just have naturally loose ligaments, leading to shoulder instability.
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Shoulder impingement syndrome occurs when one or more rotator cuff tendons get pinched between the bones in the shoulder joint, when you raise your arm. Over time this damages the tendon. It can cause inflammation and thickening of the tendon as well as gradually fraying the tendon until it tears or forms a hole.
Shoulder impingement syndrome can also occur if an injury or condition causes swelling of the rotator cuff muscles. These muscles are surrounded by bone, so when they swell they are squeezed between the bones, reducing blood flow to the muscles and causing them to fray.
Osteoarthritis of the shoulder is a degenerative condition which can be caused by aging or injury. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune condition. Both types of arthritis can cause chronic inflammation and pain in the shoulder.
Consequences of Chronic Shoulder Pain
Chronic shoulder pain can make daily activities very difficult. The pain is typically the worsts when performing overhead activities, such as brushing your hair. However, chronic shoulder pain can cause you to give up sports and other activities that keep you healthy and active.
Chronic shoulder pain is often the worst when you try to sleep and can make sleeping difficult. It can lead to poor sleeping habits and sleeping in awkward positions that then cause pain and stiffness in other parts of the body, such as the back and neck.
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