At some point in your professional working life, you are more than likely to experience some form of shoulder discomfort or pain. The most common source of pain in the shoulder is due to overuse of the joint itself. Even if you have an office job, you can experience a long-term, overuse injury to your shoulders. This can be attributed to engaging in any activities that require the performance of repeated motions, such as work that involves reaching overhead or that regularly requires reaching beyond the normal range-of-motion of the joint.
The structures in your shoulder joint are comprised of cartilage, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These structures work in conjunction with one another to enable your arms to perform complex lifting, carrying and reaching motions. Over time, these continuous motions can cause painful wear and tear injuries to the structures that make up the shoulder joint, resulting in discomfort, swelling, and pain. These types of injuries are fairly common and can lead to shoulder impingement issues. Shoulder injuries can occur in many different professions. Some professional fields where shoulder overuse injuries commonly occur include:
If you are experiencing chronic shoulder pain, it is important to understand that work-related shoulder pain usually happens over a long period of time, instead of from a single direct cause, such as an accident. It can be caused by a variety of reasons, such as:
Pain management specialists have concluded that work environments which require sitting for long periods of time are known for being directly responsible for causing a weakening of the muscles in your neck and shoulders, thus creating the perfect set-up for chronic shoulder pain. The majority of cases of people seeking shoulder pain relief from shoulder impingement are reported by people that perform computer or desk work.
Two of the most effective ways to prevent shoulder pain, or to gain shoulder pain relief, are to make easy to implement corrections to your work environment, and to work on correcting your body posture. There are a wide variety of tools available in the market today to help prevent these kinds of work-related injuries, especially if you have a job that requires you to stay in one position for long periods of time.
Office chairs, and other devices designed to ergonomically correct body positioning help to better align your back, neck, shoulder, arm, and wrist muscles and reduce muscle and joint stress. Less stress on the body’s muscles and joints equate to a reduction in the chances of developing a work-related injury.
Perhaps one of the easiest and most effective (and often overlooked) changes you can make is to always sit properly at your desk. This simple step helps to ensure proper body positioning.
If you are still experiencing pain in your shoulder after employing these preventative suggestions, it may be time to seek shoulder pain treatment from a professional.
Physical Therapists, Orthopedists, Chiropractors, and other professionals experienced in treating joint pain and injuries are excellent options for seeking shoulder pain relief not alleviated by at-home methods. The staff at the New York Dynamic Neuromuscular Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Center can answer any questions you may have concerning a wide array of available treatments and therapies for chronic shoulder pain. Using the latest technological advancements in diagnostic equipment and successful treatment options, Dr. Kalika, and his highly trained staff can assist you in finding relief from work-related shoulder pain.