At Schrock Medical Clinic in Nebraska, we treat all sorts of shoulder issues. At some point in their lives, people will experience shoulder pain. Research suggest that over half of Americans suffer shoulder discomfort at present. The cause of can vary from direct injuries to degenerative conditions.
Most people have shoulder pain due to overuse or injury. The body's reaction increases the pressure on the joints and nerves, which makes it challenging to use the arm with complete range of motion. A repetitive throwing motion or blunt force can cause the surrounding tendons to swell.
Shoulder pain is an incredibly popular complaint and is characterized by pain in the shoulder or other areas of the arm.
The shoulder is made up of several different joints, including the humerus, the scapula, the clavicle, and many bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles to aid in movement. These joints work together to allow for a range of motion in your arm, everything from lifting weights to eating a snack.
Shoulder pain can be a sign of deeper underlying injuries, such as frozen shoulder, tendonitis or even from your neck. It can easily occur in the left or right shoulder, or both, depending on how you use it. If left untreated, shoulder pain can lead to further pain, disability, frustration, and decreased quality of life.
Some of the most common shoulder pain injuries, diagnoses, and conditions include:
- AC Joint Sprain
- Biceps Tendonitis
- Cervical Radiculopathy
- Frozen Shoulder
- Impingement of Soft Tissue
- Labral tears
- MDI (Multi-Directional Instability)
- Overuse Injuries
- Rotator Cuff Tears
The symptoms depend on the precise cause. For instance, a torn rotator cuff involves fraying the tendons of the muscles that stabilize the shoulder joint. Someone with this injury will likely have trouble lifting their arm and may hear a clicking or popping noise when they move it.
When should I see a doctor if I have shoulder pain?
Contact Schrock Medical for prompt assistance if you're having any of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty maneuvering arm for dressing self
- Inability to reach a high shelf
- Pain with lifting or carrying items
- Sharp pain with pushing, pulling or reaching
- Shoulder ache at rest
If your shoulder pain is sudden and not related to an injury, you should call 911 immediately, as it may be a sign of a heart attack or other medical emergency.
Diagnosing Shoulder Pain
People can treat minor pain with ice, rest, and relaxation. Limiting the use of the joint will go a long way towards full recovery. However, serious damage to the cartilage or tendons may make home recovery unfeasible.
If a few weeks of rest is not resolving your pain, you should contact a pain management specialist at Schrock Medical Clinic. In the interim, you may also experience tenderness or soreness of the shoulder.
How can shoulder pain be treated?
Regardless of your condition or pain level, the treatment at Schrock Medical can help your shoulder pain which can improve your overall mobility and comfort.
At Schrock Medical, our medical team is skilled in evaluating, treating, and managing patients with a wide range of shoulder pain issues. They can pinpoint the cause of your pain and identify the right treatment plan, manual techniques, and exercises for you.
Some of the most common types of treatment for shoulder pain include:
- Manual therapy
- Soft tissue manipulation
- Trigger point injections
- Platelet Rich Plasma or other Regenerative treatments
- Strengthening exercises
- Joint injections
- Range of motion exercises
When it comes to shoulder pain relief, Schrock Medical Clinic has you covered, our methods leverage leading methodologies and natural processes for healing and repair of the shoulder joint tissues. If you are dealing with bursitis or a rotator cuff tendonitis, we will work with you to design a personalized treatment plan.
Schrock Medical Clinic may recommend a series of regenerative therapies for individuals dealing with pain and inflammation.