The most common reasons pain does not go away

Doesn't your body have the ability to heal itself? When you cut yourself, or break a bone, the body will mend it. So what about when you injure a part of your shoulder? Why hasn't it healed and why does your shoulder still hurt? The most common reason is...

ADHESIONS (Scar Tissue)

Many people with shoulder injuries will describe a sensation of something pulling, or tight, or catching within their shoulder. They have a perception that their shoulder just isn't working right, or that there is a difficult to describe "weakness" in there. What they are experiencing is a buildup of scar-tissue or adhesions.

Adhesions anywhere in the muscles, tendons or ligaments shoulder and can result in imbalance, breakdown and pain. This is because of the effect adhesions have on the muscles.

Adhesions Will:

  • Cause muscles to "catch" between each other - for example, an adhesion between the rotator cuff muscles and the deltoid will prevent the two layers from gliding smoothly over each other. The result is pain as the two tissues tug against each other when raising the shoulder.
  • Cause weakness in a muscle by preventing the muscles from contracting or shortening properly.
  • Cause repeated injury. Adhesions lead to tight areas within the muscles that cause repeated strain or microscopic tearing every time we stretch, contract or use the muscles.
  • Prevent adequate blood flow (cause hypoxia) to the area of the muscle, tendon or ligament that they affect. Inadequate blood flow can lead to repeated inflammation and a constant ache within the injured area.
  • Choke nerves that pass through or near the adhesions.
  • Create Biomechanical Imbalance (or abnormal biomechanics) within the shoulder, especially if the "Stabilizer Muscles" of your shoulder are being bound or restricted by adhesion. When the function of the stabilizer muscles is being impaired by adhesion, this leads to imbalance of the scapula and/or shoulder joint, causing strain and injury to surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments.


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