Shoulder Pain

The shoulder’s actually the most complex joint in the body and it takes a beating. So, it really depends on which structure of the shoulder is injured. You have 4 rotator cuff muscles: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. So, supraspinatus is actually what’s going to abduct your arm away from the body, commonly used with your overhead movements. Your infraspinatus and teres minor is what externally rotates the shoulder, so if you’re trying to reach into the back seat of the car toward the baby or your kids, and you have some pain, that could be one of the rotators. Your subscapularis, that is an internal rotator, and it’s underneath the shoulder blade. So with it, I love treating shoulders, I’ve actually torn up both of mine so definitely have some experience there being a patient and a physician. So with myself, if you do have any types of partial tears, the main thing is as long as it’s not a full tear. But, anything that I can help somebody avoid a surgery with, I’d love to, but if you do end up having a fully torn tissue in there that’s very common, that’s when you can see one of our other clinicians and surgeons on staff.


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