What is shoulder pain?
Shoulder problems are one of the most common reasons for doctor visits for musculoskeletal symptoms in the world. The shoulder is one of the most movable and used joints in the body, similar to the hip. It is also a very unstable joint due to the range of motion allowed. This is unlike the hip, which has a limited range of motion. This range of motion increases the likelihood of joint injury, often leading to a tissue breakdown and function impairment, which can be a significant cause of shoulder pain. Shoulder pain may be localized, or may be felt in areas around the shoulder, or down the arm, back and chest. Although less common, disease within the body also may generate pain that can be interpreted as arising from the shoulder.
What are possible causes of shoulder pain?
The shoulder is the meeting of three bones, which are the clavicle, collarbone, and upper arm. These bones meet to form two joints that are controlled by a complex arrangement of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Many different problems can cause shoulder pain, including dislocation, separation, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, arthritis, labrum tears or fracture. Each of these problems will have distinct symptoms in regards to the level of pain and how the pain affects you. Sometimes the shoulder pain will arise when certain positions are held, sometimes the pain is constant but dull.
How to treat shoulder pain?
Depending on the cause of the shoulder pain, different treatments will be necessary. Due to the frequency in which the shoulder is used, leaving the problem unaddressed is not a good decision. The first course of treatment would be a diagnosis to determine the exact problem with your shoulder. The diagnosis tests could include an X-ray, and Arthrogram, and MRI, or a medical history examination, which would likely be performed by a specialist. After reaching a diagnosis, the professional will decide what specific course of action to take. This could include resetting the position of the shoulder, the wearing of a sling, a cast, medication, or in some cases, surgery.
If you have shoulder pain that has been nagging you or limiting your mobility or lifestyle, do not hesitate to call Discover Optimal Healthcare. We have the solution to fix your shoulder pain.