Injuries are a common cause of shoulder pain. These can include rotator cuff tears, dislocated shoulders, and fractures. Arthritis is another common cause of shoulder pain, especially in adults. The wear and tear of the joints can cause inflammation and pain. Rotator cuff problems, such as impingement, tendonitis, and bursitis can also cause shoulder pain.
To diagnose the cause of shoulder pain, YOU MUST have an experienced doctor who will perform a physical examination and may also order imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRIs. Treatment for shoulder pain will vary based on the underlying cause and may include adjustments, shockwave therapy, rehab, medications, or surgery.
Rehab is a common form of treatment for shoulder pain. Doctors can help to improve the range of motion, reduce pain and swelling, and improve strength in the shoulder. Medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids, can help to reduce pain and inflammation (speak with your primary care or prescribing doctor first). Surgery may sometimes be necessary to repair a damaged joint or rotator cuff, however, it's vitally recommended to exhaust all conservative options before considering surgery.
To prevent shoulder pain, it's important to maintain good posture and engage in regular exercise to strengthen the shoulder and support joint health in all ranges of motion. It's also important to avoid overuse injuries, such as those that can occur from repetitive motions like throwing a ball or using a computer mouse.
If you are experiencing shoulder pain, DON'T WAIT ANOTHER DAY, schedule an appointment at Pittsburgh Spine and Injury Center to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.