Muscle spasms can range in intensity from mildly uncomfortable twitches to painful spasms that leave the muscle feeling tender and sore. Muscle cramps in the shoulder are common, as shoulders are one of the most frequently used muscles in the body. While there are many reasons for muscle spasms to occur, some of the most common include:
- Injury — Muscle spasms are likely to occur in parts of the body that have been injured in the past. Soft tissue injuries such as tendinitis or whiplash can result in muscle spasms. In fact, over 80% of patients with whiplash report experiencing painful muscle spasms.
- Overuse — If you have a muscle spasm in your shoulder, you may have overused or injured the muscle by exercising too much. Not properly preparing for exercise can also cause the muscle to become injured, resulting in spasms. Job-related repetitive movements could also lead to a shoulder muscle overuse injury, which can trigger your spasms.
- Heat — People who work or exercise in very hot and dry environments are susceptible to muscle spasms. These muscle spasms are often called “heat cramps” and are one of the first signs of heat-related illness. It is important to drink plenty of water while working in hot conditions to reduce the risk of muscle spasms in your shoulder.
How can physical therapy help with muscle spasms in the shoulder?
If you have been experiencing muscle spasms in the shoulder due to overuse, injury or stress, the first thing you should do is to let your shoulder rest. Trying to use the aching shoulder while experiencing a spasm could injure the shoulder more. Once your shoulder is rested, it is time to seek treatment, and virtual physical therapy is a great place to start.
A virtual physical therapist can help to discover the source of your muscle spasms on the shoulder and will help you manage the pain and stiffness in the muscle. From the comfort of your home, Agile Virtual Physical Therapy can connect you with one of our educated and licensed physical therapy specialists.
Contact our team today for more information on how virtual physical therapy can work for you.