Prevent Shoulder Pain When Reaching Overhead

Do You Get Shoulder Pain When Reaching Overhead?

Use the tips in this video to prevent shoulder pain when reaching overhead...

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Learn How To Prevent Shoulder Pain When Reaching Overhead

Reaching overhead is one of the most painful activities for people who suffer from shoulder pain.

Often people who have shoulder pain when reaching overhead will complain of:

  • a sharp or pinching pain in front of the shoulder
  • a pain on top of the shoulder
  • a pain in the outside of the arm
  • a pain in back of the shoulder

Each of these types of pain can indicate a different type of shoulder problem, but the question people often wonder when they have shoulder pain is:

"Is it my rotator cuff that's causing my shoulder pain?"

In most cases, the answer to that question is "yes" to some degree.  The rotator cuff can cause pain in the front, side, or back of the shoulder.  Pain directly on top of the shoulder  is more commonly caused they the acromioclavicular (A-C) joint - where your collar bone joins your shoulder blade. However,

Just because you have a rotator cuff problem, doesn't mean you'll need shoulder surgery.

Even if your MRI shows a rotator cuff tear, there are lots of people who have rotator cuff tears who have no shoulder pain at all.  Furthermore, small rotator cuff tears often have equal or better outcomes with non-surgical treatments than with surgical treatments.

The tips in the video above will help you learn how to prevent shoulder pain when reaching overhead.

Use These Tips To Prevent Shoulder Pain When Reaching Overhead:

  1. Reach with your thumb up or palm facing inwards rather than reaching with your palm facing down.  This puts your shoulder
  2. Reach in an up-and-forwards direction rather than reaching straight up.  This will help your shoulder blade move correctly when reaching overhead.
  3. Your neck can also cause shoulder pain when reaching overhead.  The 4th and 5th nerves in your neck can refer pain to the shoulder, and your shoulder blade also hangs from your neck suspended by muscles.  By keeping your chin tucked when reaching overhead, you will both prevent pinching nerves in your neck, as well as create a stabile base for your shoulder blade to pull on.

Hopefully these tips help you to prevent shoulder pain when reaching overhead.

If you need some more help for shoulder pain, just call, text, or email us and we're happy to help.

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