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Can you help me understand why im getting shoulder pain.

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  • Posted By: redfox45
  • July 2, 2011
  • 11:05 PM

Hello sorry for registering just to ask this one question on here but this seems like it could be solved quite easily if I have a better idea of what is causing it and why. I don't know anything about shoulders other than it's a ball and socket joint.

For the past few days since getting a new chair I have been getting quite bad discomfort in my right shoulder whenever I sit down for too long and am baffled as to what might be causing it. It only really seems to happen when im sitting down and it wouldn't be as baffling if it didn't happen no matter where I put/angle my arm. I am questioning whether it has something to do with my neck.

The reason I mentioned my new chair is because it is noticeably much less firm and supportive as my last one and I was thinking it might have been something muscular even though it feels like it's the joint. the last time I tried sleeping round a friends house on his giant bean bag I woke up and my neck felt really bad so the 2 could be related.

But no matter where I put my arm when I am sitting down the shoulder will start to hurt after a short while (sometimes even when im standing) and it does seem to be getting worse so it can't be just "oh I just need to stop sitting like that", im not sure whether ive injured it recently without realising or what but any advice on things I can try to remedy it would be greatly appreciated it is getting worse by the day.

im a 22 year old male btw so I doubt it is arthritis.

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  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. Your hunch that your shoulder symptoms may be coming from your neck is exactly right. Shoulders hurt when you move them and generally feel better at rest. Your new softer chair more than likely is causing you to sit in a position what applies pressure to a nerve that supplies the shoulder. Obviously you have to decide if this is the chair for you. Consider putting a firm pillow behind your back to help keep you in a more upright position. In the mean time I would avoid sitting in the chair and try applying ice (not heat) to your neck. Hope this helps. ~JTrempe PT, ATC http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com
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  • Hello sorry for registering just to ask this one question on here but this seems like it could be solved quite easily if I have a better idea of what is causing it and why. I don't know anything about shoulders other than it's a ball and socket joint. For the past few days since getting a new chair I have been getting quite bad discomfort in my right shoulder whenever I sit down for too long and am baffled as to what might be causing it. It only really seems to happen when im sitting down and it wouldn't be as baffling if it didn't happen no matter where I put/angle my arm. I am questioning whether it has something to do with my neck. The reason I mentioned my new chair is because it is noticeably much less firm and supportive as my last one and I was thinking it might have been something muscular even though it feels like it's the joint. the last time I tried sleeping round a friends house on his giant bean bag I woke up and my neck felt really bad so the 2 could be related. But no matter where I put my arm when I am sitting down the shoulder will start to hurt after a short while (sometimes even when im standing) and it does seem to be getting worse so it can't be just "oh I just need to stop sitting like that", im not sure whether ive injured it recently without realising or what but any advice on things I can try to remedy it would be greatly appreciated it is getting worse by the day. im a 22 year old male btw so I doubt it is arthritis. I would suggest you see a physiotherapist for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. I also agree with the previous post suggesting your symptoms are more likely to be originating from your neck than shoulder. Some of the more common causes of the shoulder pain you experience that originate from the neck may include: Cervical disc bulge, facet joint sprain and postural syndrome. Less likely causes of shoulder pain originating from the shoulder itself may include: rotator cuff tendonitis, labral tear of the shoulder. You may be interested in checking out the above links for detailed information. Hope that helps and good luck, PhysioAdvisorwww.PhysioAdvisor.com.au
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