Shoulder injuries can be caused by sports activities – and everyday activities – that require excessive overhead motion. Athletes are especially susceptible to shoulder problems due to repetitive, intensive training routines. Some of the more common athletic activities that are associated with shoulder injuries include swimming, tennis, pitching or weightlifting.
Activities around the home – such as washing walls, hanging curtains and gardening – sometimes result in an injury to the shoulder.
If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder, ask these questions:
Is the shoulder stiff? Can you rotate your arm in all of the normal positions?
Does it feel like your shoulder could pop out or slide out of the socket?
Do you lack the strength in your shoulder to carry out your daily activities?
If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, you should consult an orthopaedic surgeon for help in determining the severity of the problem.