Woke Up with Shoulder Pain
Woke Up with Shoulder Pain?
Have you experienced shoulder pain when you woke up in a morning? Sometimes the shoulder pain can appear out of the blue, and you might have wondered what had happened to your shoulder while you slept. There are many possible reasons you are suffering from shoulder pain in the morning, including strain or sprains of the muscles or joints of the shoulder, and there is also the possibility that pain is referring into your shoulder but originating in your neck. To illustrate the concept of referred pain from your neck to your shoulder along the nerves and brachial plexus that connect the spinal nerves in our neck to the peripheral nerves in our shoulders please refer to the figure below.
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Causes of waking up with shoulder pain
Some medical conditions that may cause your shoulder pain include:
- Frozen shoulder: This condition is the motion-restricting stiffness and pain of your shoulder joint. Inflammation of the joint is the cause of the problem. Some conditions like previous surgeries, herniated discs, and hyperthyroidism are thought to be the risk factors. You may not be able to move your shoulder because of the agonizing pain.
- Chicken wing shoulder blades: In this medical condition you are not able to control your shoulder joint efficiently. There may be muscle pain, joint pain, and pain from the nerves that runs from the spine to the arm.
- Thoracic spine stiffness: When the upper and middle back of your body become too stiff, your shoulders should compensate for it, which results in shoulder pain, this is very common with people who work in a sedentary desk job.
- Rotator cuff tendonitis/tendonopathy: The breakdown of rotator cuff leads to discomfort and pain, sometimes a deep sickening pain, in your shoulder that intensifies by movement in certain directions. The location may be painful in palpation. Stiffness, weakness, and snapping sound are the other symptoms. Repetitive movements, exerting pressure on the shoulder for long, e.g. sleeping the wrong way (maybe on your arm), and poor shoulder mechanics are some of the causes of this condition.
- Shoulder impingement: Sharp pain that is worse on movements such as shoulder abduction. Waking up with increased pain after sleeping on one’s side is another sign.
- Referred pain: In some cases of shoulder pain, there is nothing wrong with your shoulder and the origin of the pain goes back to some neck problems.
- Shingles: This disease can remain latent and abruptly show up.
- Nerve Impingement: If you are dealing with pain in your shoulder that radiates down your arm, you could have a nerve injury. An injury to a nerve in your shoulder or neck can cause severe shoulder pain. Injuries to the spinal nerves in the neck are sometimes treated using an advanced traction machine called Spinal Decompression Therapy.
How to treat your shoulder pain
The treatment procedures used for a shoulder pain include:
- Do just a few gentle movements. Avoid intense activities.
- Compress the joint area
- Apply heat and ice as instructed by your Physiotherapist
- Maintain Proper Posture
- Exercises: Supervised by our expert Physiotherapists
- Physiotherapy treatments
Physiotherapy is one of the most effective treatments for shoulder problems. Physiotherapy approaches are used to make the muscles and tendons strong and maintain the normal joint motion including:
- Gua Sha Massage
- Joint mobilizations
- Shock Wave Therapy
- Spinal Decompression
It’s time to say good-bye to your shoulder pain!
Your physiotherapist is an expert in evaluating your shoulder pain and biomechanical correction of it. See your physiotherapist, and stop suffering from shoulder pain!