Lawrenceville Shoulder Pain Treatment
Treatment for Osteoarthritis, Rotator Cuff Tears & Other Injuries
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons in the shoulder that keep the arm connected to the shoulder socket. If these muscles are injured, you will have a difficult time moving your arm or shoulder without pain. Rotator cuff injuries usually manifest as a dull ache felt deep inside the shoulder. The pain can make it difficult to sleep and weaken the arm.
Most shoulder pains will go away on their own, but if your pain has not improved in 7 days then you should see a doctor. At Royal Blue Medical Center, we use evidence-based treatments and therapies to treat rotator cuff injuries and other shoulder pain conditions.
Call us at (770) 766-4609 to learn more.
Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
Understanding what is causing your shoulder pain is key to treating it. Common causes of shoulder pain include:
- Rotator cuff tendinitis
- Impingement syndrome
- Torn cartilage
- Torn rotator cuff
- Bone spurs
- Swollen bursa sacs or tendons
- Broken or dislocated shoulder
- Broken arm
- Frozen shoulder
- Overuse or repetitive use injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Heart attacks
- And more
To diagnose your pain, your doctor may use an X-ray or MRI and ask questions about your pain.
They may also recommend surgery, but you should not accept this recommendation without evaluating the longevity of your shoulder pain and exploring all other treatment options first.
Risk Factors for Chronic Shoulder Pain
If you are young and have never suffered a shoulder injury before, then chances are the pain you are feeling is temporary. Understanding the risk factors and symptoms of chronic shoulder pain will help you determine whether you need medical treatment.
Risk factors for shoulder injuries and conditions include:
- Being age 40 or older
- Participating in and training for sports activities
- Working jobs where repetitive shoulder movement is required
- Family history of shoulder problems
- Sustaining previous shoulder injuries
No matter your risk factors, you should always consult a doctor if your shoulder pain lasts for more than a week.
Home Remedies for Shoulder Pain
Severe or persistent shoulder pain should always be properly diagnosed and treated by a licensed physician. With that being said, there are several things you can do at home to help alleviate mild shoulder discomfort in tandem with your doctor's prescribed treatment plan.
- Over-the-counter medications: Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen, and aspirin can all help to relieve shoulder pain. Just make sure to consult with your doctor before taking any pain relievers to ensure they are safe to combine with any other medications you may be taking.
- Cold: Cold can help to reduce swelling in the shoulder and numb away pain. Apply an ice pack, cold compress, frozen gel pack, or bag of frozen peas to your affected shoulder for no more than 20 minutes at a time up to five times a day.
- Heat: In addition to cold, heat therapy can help to relax tense shoulder muscles and soothe pain from arthritis.
- Rest: Give your affected shoulder a rest and cease or modify any activity that may be contributing to your pain. After 48 hours of rest, if you are able to do so without pain, start doing gentle shoulder rolls or stretches to combat stiffness.
Find Relief at Royal Blue Medical Center
Shoulder pain can be debilitating and make even the simplest of tasks difficult. At Royal Blue Medical Center, our shoulder pain specialists use evidence-based, non-surgical treatments to help you restore your mobility and alleviate your symptoms. Get in touch with our knowledgeable team today to discuss your treatment options.
For compassionate care from skilled pain specialists in Lawrenceville, call (770) 766-4609 today.