Stiff Back from Prolong Sitting Can Lead to Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is one of the most common issues treated by physiotherapists in this day and age. While there can be many causes of shoulder pain, poor posture is one of the main factors. 

The “hunched” position or curved upper back as a result of prolonged desk and computer work can change the way your shoulder moves in everyday activities and cause our upper back to become stiff. Over time muscles can become tight at the front of the shoulder, pulling it forward. As well as this, muscles at the back become weak and cannot support the shoulder blade correctly and the joints of the upper back become stiff, restricting movement. This changes the position of the shoulder blade and causes impingement and pain during everyday activities such as lifting and dressing.

Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Pain felt at the front of the shoulder 
  • Pain with lifting to the front and side 
  • Decreased range of movement
  • Feeling restricted and stiff in the upper back 

When we have good posture, our shoulders can move freely without pain and restriction. Here at Capital Physiotherapy, we can help strengthen and retrain your posture so your muscles can support your shoulders correctly and allow the shoulder to move correctly. As well as this, we can help release tight muscles at the front of the shoulder and tight joints in the upper back to aid movement and decrease pain. 

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