|ACUTE TRAUMA OR OVERUSE CAN CAUSE THIS TYPE OF SHOULDER PAIN|
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A common shoulder injury that I see with rugby players, water polo goalies and MLB baseball pitchers is pain in the shoulder that can present as deltoid pain. The deltoid is not the problem.
Usually the pain occurs in certain positions, is difficult to pinpoint and will come and go.
There is a small space between the humeral head (the arm bone) and the acromio-clavicular joint (top of the shoulder). If there is inflammation in that space, there will be pain.
|SHOULDER PAIN IN CERTAIN POSITIONS|
|REFERRAL PAIN PATTERNS COULD CONFUSE THE ISSUE|
Acupuncture texts show the acupuncture point Bing Feng Si-12 in the muscle belly of the supraspinatus. The indications for this point include the "inability to raise the arm."
|SI-12 BING FENG IN SUPRASPINATUS MUSCLE BELLY|
If your acupuncturist does not know how to treat this, they can learn how in the Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship program.
I highly recommend following up treatment working with your movement coach, athletic trainer or physical therapist to create mobility, strength and functional movement patterns.