Shoulder pain may come from the shoulder joint or surrounding muscles and ligaments. If you’ve recently received a forceful trauma that could have resulted in a dislocated shoulder, broken arm, broken collar bone, or torn cartilage, these are most likely the causes of your pain. Other causes of shoulder pain include:
If you don’t know why your shoulder is hurting, you should see Dr. Sal. He'll be able to:
The first thing you should do when treating your shoulder pain is to cease activity, especially contact sports, which could exacerbate the pain or even make the injury worse. Dr. Sal will take your medical history, perform a physical examination, and may order an X-ray or MRI to see what’s going on inside of your shoulder. These will help Dr. Sal to determine what’s causing your shoulder pain.
Your treatment plan will depend on the cause of the pain. To strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder, Dr. Sal may recommend physical therapy. If he determines the problem is in your current bone structure, he may perform a series of musculoskeletal manipulations to fix the problem. To reduce pain and inflammation, he may recommend that you begin taking ibuprofen.
Whatever the cause may be, Dr. Sal will find and treat it so you can live life without pain.
If your shoulder pain is preventing you from performing daily tasks, you should see Dr. Sal as quickly as possible. Especially if your job includes physical labor, which could cause poor job performance, seeking relief for your shoulder pain is important.
Preventing shoulder pain in the first place should be your first priority. By receiving regular chiropractic care at Gentle Touch Chiropractic, you can reduce your chance of falling victim to chronic shoulder pain.
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