Why do your shoulders get hurt so easily?

1. Your Shoulder Is A Very Unstable Joint

The greater the range of motion a joint has, the higher the risk of it being injured. The shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body, capable of moving with over 180 degrees of motion in almost any direction. Unfortunately, this also makes it extremely unstable. The standard rule is:
"...the more motion a joint has, the more unstable it is, and the more unstable it is, the more likely it is to be injured."
180 Degrees of shoulder abduction

2. A Slight Imbalance Can Ruin Your Shoulder Joint

Consider, for example, just the simple act of raising your arm over your head. Guess what would happen to your shoulder joint if the ball did NOT perfectly rotate over the socket?

When Shoulder Misalignment Occurs

If the shoulder joint is repeatedly slipping just slightly out of alignment when you use your arm, it leads to all kinds of damage, such as:
  • Cartilage Tears
  • Rotator Cuff pinching (Impingement Synrome)
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Unstable Shoulders/Chronic Dislocating Shoulders
  • Shoulder Joint Degeneration
  • AC Joint Instability
  • Scar Tissue Buildup
Damage caused to a shoulder joint as a result of poor alignment when the shoulder is used.

3. Balance Is VITAL, But It Can Break Down Very Easily

Balancing A Rocket As It Launches Into the Air: A good analogy of just how difficult of a balancing act the rotator cuff muscles have to perform would be a rocket flying though the air. Most of us have seen pictures of the early experimental days of rocket launches gone astray - the rocket crawls a few feet into the air, begins to tip over, and falls back into the ground.

What went wrong? In most cases there was plenty of power for the rocket to go where it needed to go, but it was the fine balancing control that was not yet perfected. The balancing control keeps the rocket pointed in the direction that it must go to break free from the earth's gravitational pull. Without constant, small corrections in the direction of the thrust, the rocket will go astray.

Balancing Your Shoulders: Likewise, our shoulders have big powerful muscles such as the pectoral and deltoid muscles that enable us to move our shoulder and arm.
Like the powerful rocket engines, these powerful shoulder muscles have to be balanced by very fine, very exact, well-timed corrections. If this process is not working properly, our shoulders are as doomed as the rocket that tips over on a launch. Pecs and Delts, flawlessly demonstrated by Milos Sarcev.com
This is an extremely complicated, tedious, and delicate task that our shoulder muscles perform for us, automatically, everyday, without us even having to think about it

The take home lesson here is this:

Balanced Shoulders = Healthy Shoulders

- Conversely -

Imbalanced Shoulders = Shoulder Pain!

So are your shoulders staying balanced? If you have shoulder pain, chances are the answer to that question is, "No."


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