When the supraspinatus shoulder muscle is compromised either from excessive lifting, pressure, overuse, injury or tearing, the bursa (fluid) can become inflamed. Inflammation of the bursa is called bursitis and can cause a great deal of pain.
Frozen shoulder is often a result, which many people visit their General Practitioner for as the first point of call.
As the story so often goes, “I went to my GP, then had scans, then had cortisone injections” ALL before even ever having been referred for physical therapy!
The issue with this route of treatment is, at no stage has there been an investigation as to what “caused” the pain condition. Many times we find that the injury has had quite a lead up, rather than a sudden out of the blue condition that many people assume.
This is where a thorough assessment comes in. The reason cortisone can often lead to continued pain in the long term, though it can be successful, is because it does not deal with the root cause of the condition, but the symptoms (inflammation and pain).
If the root cause is not changed and corrected, then the same habits that lead to the restriction will continue. This is why cortisone injections can often be a quick fix solution, rather than a lasting one.