Shoulder joint is made up of three bones humerus, scapula, and clavicle. These bones are held in place by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Shoulder is the most widely used joint of our body as most of the activities done by our arms involve the use of shoulder joint. Shoulder joint moves with every movement of our arms. It allows a wide range of motion in the arm from scratching the back to throwing a ball.
Causes of Shoulder Ailments
Shoulder problems can occur due to variety of reasons including:
Symptoms of Shoulder Ailments
The symptoms of shoulder ailments depend upon the disorder and its extent (acute or chronic), But in majority of the cases, patient complains of the following problems associated with the shoulder joint:
These are just common symptoms but patient may have other symptoms too that should not be ignored as shoulder joint is one of the most important joint of our body. So anything that is not normal or is causing discomfort should be discussed with the doctor and treated accordingly.
Diagnosis of Shoulder Ailments
The diagnosis of shoulder ailments starts with a complete medical history of the patient. It is also required to consider family history of joint pains as some of these disorders run in families. This is followed by thorough physical examination of the joint to find any visible signs and assess its level of activity. In addition to these following diagnostic tests are almost always required to conclude the disorder:
Treatment of Shoulder Ailments
Treatment of shoulder problems specifically depends upon the cause and extent of disorder. It is required to first evaluate the damage that has already occurred and simultaneously start the treatment that would prevent further damage. Treatment may include some of the following: