It's 2 pm on a Sunday afternoon in the middle of August. You just parked your car at the grocery store, it's hot. 97 degrees outside to be exact. You've got a long list in front of you to gear up for the start of the workweek, including having to lug all of these groceries with a painful shoulder impingement.
To top it off, you're really not in the mood to deal with annoying kids, like the one in the minivan parked right next to you who happens to be pressing his tongue up against the window, staring right at you, wide-eyed and throwing the middle finger. Little shit. You can't get to him or the shoulder pain, so for the time being, you just have to deal with it... Or do you?
By examining the shoulder joint in its entirety, it's easy to see how easily injuries can occur in sports and everyday life.
The Shoulder Girdle
Unfortunately, the shoulder is a fairly common pain point in which many injuries can occur. The shoulder is a complex joint. In fact, there are four articulations to the shoulder girdle. These areas involve:
Sternoclavicular Joint: Where the clavicle attaches to the sternum.
Scapulothoracic Joint: This is where the scapula bone meets your ribs in the back.
Acromioclavicular Joint: Where the clavicle meets the acromion of the scapula.
Glenohumeral Joint: The ball-and-socket connection between the humerus and scapula.
Okay after hitting you with some vocab and exposing you to all this science, it's easy to see that whole lotta things can go wrong. Day to day this may include dislocations, impingement, muscle tears, and of course joint pain. This translates into a dysfunctional movement where simple tasks like reaching for that box of spaghetti on the top shelf become impossible or by the very least, extremely painful and difficult. Likewise, buckling your seat belt, grab your kid's action figure from the backseat, etc., are all continuous irritating experiences.
Your only reservation is that you don't want to pump your body full of narcotics and over-the-counter NSAIDs that destroy your liver... So this where we make our entrance to show you that pain relief doesn't have to cost you your health.