The Anatomy of the Shoulder


The shoulder joint is actually a complex of 4 separate joints, all working together to accomplish movement of the arm.  These joints consist of 4 bones: the arm (the humerus), the shoulder blade (the scapula), the collar bone (clavicle), and the spine/ribs of the mid back. Patients suffering from persistent shoulder pain not only lose their ability to carry objects, but also lose the ability to interact with their environment.



Why Does My Shoulder Hurt?


The four joints that form the shoulder allow for a unique combination of stability and mobility. Most shoulder pain occur when these two interactions are not in balance. For example, one may have proper shoulder movement but is unable to hold heavy load. On the contrary, one may have proper stability in the muscles of the shoulder (the rotator cuff for example) but is unable to lift their arm fully overhead.  For more detail, read our blog post titled, Shoulder Health For the Nerdy Lifter.




Shoulder Pain


Are you currently dealing with shoulder pain?  Shoulder pain can be the result of a variety of conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Rotator cuff pain
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Pinched nerves

Dr. Glackin has extensive experience treating shoulder injury of all kinds, whether your discomfort is due to athletic injury, everyday tasks or pain that resulted for no reason at all.


Tired of shoulder pain?  Try these shoulder exercises to self manage your symptoms.

Shoulder Exercises

Still struggling with shoulder pain?  Reach out on our contact page to speak directly with a physical therapist!

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