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Injuries & Conditions: Neck, Shoulder & Upper Back Issues

Questions Answered Here

  • What anatomy topics will help to increase your knowledge about issues your students may be experiencing related to the neck, shoulders and/or upper back?
  • How prevalent is shoulder pain?
  • Why are athletes more prone to experiencing shoulder issues?
  • What are some potential causes for neck, shoulder or upper back pain?
  • Name four related issues that contribute to neck, shoulder and upper back pain.
  • A common postural misalignment leading to neck and upper back pain is the head protruding in front of the shoulders. What cascading effects are likely as a result of a forward head?
  • Rounding in the upper back and shoulders is a common cause of upper back pain. What effect does the rounding have on the shoulder blades and surrounding muscles?
  • What is the clinical definition of kyphosis?
  • What effect does a constant forward-head position have on the serratus anterior muscles?
  • Where might we feel tension or pain that is actually referred pain from a weak serratus anterior?
  • What is often indicated by winging scapula?
  • What is frozen shoulder syndrome?
  • Why is diagnosis of frozen shoulder important before choosing practices?
  • What is the difference between a rotator cuff injury and frozen shoulder?
  • What are some common types of rotator cuff injury?

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