The shoulder is a magical thing. It’s versatile, rugged, precise, and powerful. It allows us the ability to perform daily tasks, even those as mundane as brushing our teeth, holding a child, and picking up an object. Unfortunately, because we use it so much, it’s often prone to injury or pain. Whether it’s an old volleyball injury or a buildup of arthritis, most people have experienced shoulder pain.
Today, we’re going to add some positivity to the greater dialogue surrounding shoulder-joints. Mostly though, we’re going to take a look at the causes behind that creaky shoulder and offer up some remedies and preventative to-dos.
What to Know About Your Shoulder
According to Medical News Today, the shoulder joint isn’t the most complex joint in the body (the knee owns that designation), but this curious combination of bones, tendons, and muscles is certainly unique. For starters, the shoulder is one of the only joints in the body without a socket, or much of any “bony connection” at all.
It is the most mobile joint in your body and it relies heavily on the eight stabilizing muscles that surround it. But all of that mobility sure can create a lot of problems. Especially when mixed with poor form, repetitive motions, or a lack of rest. The 8-million annual, shoulder-related MD visits represent a cacophony of injuries, stresses and restrictions.