Shoulder pain can make you dread moving in any way. Don't limit yourself each day dealing with shoulder pain - relieve it, so you can get back to living life without limitations.
Causes and Treatments for Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain is often due to post-traumatic injuries or inflammatory conditions. Since the shoulder is made up of many areas, it's important to identify the location of the problem.
Acromioclavicular Joint: When people fall and suffer injury to the shoulder, it's often due to an outstretch of the upper extremity. This causes pressure on the acromioclavicular joint. This is the articulation between the shoulder joint and the breast.
We can diagnose this type of injury with a radiograph. The severity of the injury will receive a grade of type I to IV.
Treatment Procedures: These injuries typically need surgical intervention. Our experienced orthopedic surgeons and physicians can provide you with the surgery in our Island Musculoskeletal Care office. For your comfort and quick recovery, we use an all-arthroscopic technique.
Rotator Cuff: This group of muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis) inserts onto bone. When injury occurs, the pain can be unbearable.
Most causes of rotator cuff injuries are from high velocity-type sports, particularly those having to do with throwing something.
Those suffering rotator cuff pain over the age of 40 may be suffering from rotator cuff disease, which often happens when blood to the area decreases or diminishes.
Our physicians have seen hundreds of rotator cuff injury and disease cases, so they know the right treatment plan to take to return you to normal functioning. The first course of action is to start physical therapy in our office along with a home exercise program. If there is weakness when the arm lifts away from the body, an in-office MRI or radiograph will be performed.
The MRI will attempt to diagnose a tear or inflammation in the rotator cuff. The radiograph will show if there are any acromial spurs, which can causes less space and impingement occurs on the rotator cuff and a great deal of pain.
Treatment Procedures: Our physicians often recommend over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, home exercise, and physical therapy if there is no tear of the rotator cuff.
With tears of the rotator cuff, orthopedic surgery can help relieve the pain, and increase your mobility to the level it was before your injury or the onset of your rotator cuff disease.
Frozen Shoulder: Adhesive capsulitis is the medical term for a frozen shoulder. Sufferers experience a decreased range of motion.
The cause of this condition is unknown, but those with diabetes mellitus are much more at risk for adhesive capsulitis.
Some patients come into our office stating they have a history of a shoulder injury that limited mobility, but never received treatment. Within a few months, they experienced increased mobility limitations and severe pain.
Treatment Procedures: Physical therapy with our orthopedic physicians is typically the first course of action. To reduce the pain and inflammation, Cortisone injection and anti-inflammatory medications may be given. This often increases patients’ range of motion to enable them to complete the exercises to strengthen and increase mobility in the shoulder.
If the first treatment procedure of physical therapy, Cortisone injections, and inflammatory medication doesn't increase mobility to normal level functioning, one of our orthopedic surgeons can do arthroscopic surgery to release adhesions in the shoulder, which helps speed up the process of recovery from this condition.