Sharp pains in the shoulder area can be a difficult problem to live with, especially as it can affect everything from your ability to perform any workouts at the gym, you may find carrying things difficult, or even daily household tasks such as cleaning to be a nightmare when you’re suffering with that type of pain. Shoulder pain is a common complaint we come across at the clinic and can have a number of causes, however we find the most common one to be bicep tendonitis.

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Biceps tendonitis

The bicep tendon attaches to your shoulder within the joint, and can easily become irritated or inflamed over time, in particular with bad posture or perhaps lifting weights at the gym that are heavy. Although this type of injury most commonly affects athletes, it can arise from constant irritation from a repeated action, so can be a common injury amongst cleaners or decorators who are reliant on the motions of the shoulder on a regular basis.

If you regularly go to the gym, bicep tendonitis can mostly be felt when performing exercises that rely on your biceps or over-head movements. An injury like this most commonly arises initially from something as simple as bad posture, this may be something you probably wouldn’t associate with a shoulder injury at first, but holding a slouched or hunched position over a long period of time can affect the neck, shoulders and upper-back in a negative way. If inflammation has started to develop in the tendon, it can become a fragile area to work with. Once inflammation has begun to develop, performing strenuous bodyweight exercises such as press-ups may well be fine at first, but may gradually build the inflammation until it’s no longer tolerable – and this will come in the form of sharp pain that can be felt in the front of the shoulder, perhaps accompanied with muscle cramps or spasms in the bicep itself.

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Quite often there are unidentified causes of the problem

Looking at the problem long-term, you will get absolutely no relief by attempting to treat the bicep or tendon alone. Often when we get an injury or pain in a certain area, it’s common to think that massage will help, but without treating the underlying cause of the problem you’re likely to achieve absolutely no results in the long-term by solely treating the shoulder.

By treating the postural issues first and foremost, this will help you to avoid developing inflammation in the first place and stop you from injuring yourself further from the effects of bad posture. Make sure that when you’re relaxing in the evening, or if you have a desk job during the day, that you’re not sitting hunched over, hold your shoulders back and keep your head in a neutral position upright and above the shoulders. In general avoid being sat at a computer desk for too long, as when we start to tire after a long-day without having breaks away from the screen, bad posture can creep in. If you’re in a desk-job it may be difficult to take regular breaks, but with many recent studies labelling sitting as the new smoking, it will not only benefit you physically but also mentally to take a one minute walking break every hour during the working day. In fact, many smartwatches nowadays include a measurement to encourage you to be active for a few minutes every hour, in a bid to encourage its users to refrain from sitting at a desk for prolonged periods.