When a healthy person develops shoulder pain, it can be somewhat surprising. But, after digging into some of their habits, they can usually find the cause.
We are a busy society and have many regular stressors. The result is tension, and many people carry their stress in their neck and shoulders. If a person has a bad day or even bad news, it will ramp up those already-tense set of muscles.
Also, we have become a computer-centric society. We sit at computers and desks for much of the day, and as a result, our repetitive mouse use can give us what has been called ‘mouse shoulder.’ It is a deep ache which has been described as a burning sensation. Once treated, the mouse shoulder can recur with as little as one hour of using a mouse.
How casually we sling an oversized purse or overpacked carry-on over our shoulder and carry them for hours. We think very little about doing these things until later when our shoulder begins to radiate pain.
Lasting solutions to shoulder pain require a multi-pronged approach. First, it’s essential to stop the behavior which caused the shoulder pain. Change may mean carrying fewer things in a purse, rolling luggage, and changing the way we use a mouse.
Researchers Alan Hedge and Greg Shaw of Cornell discovered that even a ten-degree change in the position our arm is in could put a strain on our shoulder. By keeping the mouse arm straight, and by having the mouse closer to the body than most people place it, much of the muscle strain can be alleviated.
Other ways to change our mouse habits include a ball tracker or vertical mouse, or just switching the mouse to the other hand. Is it tricky? Yes, it is! But most people can master it in a few weeks, saving them years of shoulder pain.
Moving around more throughout the day and building up strength in the shoulder and neck will also help prevent shoulder pain from returning.
A chiropractor can recommend treatment for shoulder pain, which may include massage, manipulation, NSAIDS and other forms of therapy. A chiropractor can offer the advantage of giving a full review of options available to the patient, making the road to recovery a speedy one.
When you’re injured in a car accident, there is no reason to delay treatment due to lack of insurance or while waiting for insurance approval. Here at Northeast Portland Chiropractic, we treat car accident cases with zero out-of-pocket cost to the patient. Call 503-493-9730.