Shoulder pain that extends down the arm

The rotator cuff is a common source of pain in the shoulder. Pain can be the result of Tendinitis or the rotator cuff tendons can be irritated or damaged. Bursitis is also common. The bursa can become inflamed and swell with fluid causing pain.
When you raise your arm, the space between the acromion and rotator cuff narrows and the acromion can rub against (or “impinge” on) the tendon and the bursa, causing irritation and pain.

The quadrangular space is an intersection of the triceps muscle, the teres major and teres minor muscles and subscapularis. The axillary nerve gets caught in a “traffic jam” between the muscles causing limited movement from sore, tight muscles. Heat may temporilarly alleviate pain but produce more swelling, further limiting motion. If ice is tolerable, it is the preferred choice for any swelling in the body.

At the Healing Center of Scottsdale, we offer a unique treatment program with the ATM2 device. ATM2 stands for Active Theraputic Movement which is based off of Mulligan theory, a joint mobilization technique.

Jeff Juraska, PT

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