The shoulder is a ball and socket joint that has similar surface coverage of a golf ball resting on a golf tee. The shoulder capsule is the top of the golf tee and the golf ball is the head of the humerus (the long bone of the arm). There is a tremendous shortage of contact between the amount of the bone and the small amount of the capsule that connect making for a shallow joint which can become unstable.
Many other joints attach to the shoulder and/or are responsible for assisting movement at the shoulder. There can be many causes for your shoulder pain, such as weakness of the rotator cuff muscles, weakness of the scapula muscles, poor posture, or tightness of the shoulder girdle.
Our therapists understand the complexity of the shoulder and the components that need to be identified to create your specific plan of care.
The elbow is a complex formation of three joints. It is most commonly called a hinge joint which allows for much of the versatility found in the arm. Many restrictions at the elbow joint cause pain with throwing or lifting activities. Our manual therapists can evaluate each of these three joints to assure they are gliding appropriately and check for other soft tissue restrictions.
Hand and Wrist Injuries
The fingers, hand and wrist consist of 27 bones, 27 joints, 34 muscles and over 100 ligaments. Many conditions and injuries may arise from repetitive tasks from work or home. It is important to lift items with your wrist from a neutral position to eliminate stress on tendons and joints to prevent injury.