Shoulder Pain: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

by Administrator 17. February 2015 07:14

The shoulder is the most versatile joint of the human body and it helps in the forward and backward movement of the arm. Shoulder joint provides mobility, however it is highly susceptible to injuries. Any tear, inflammation, fracture or dislocation in any of the shoulder bones, ligaments, tissues and tendons can result in pain in the joint.

Causes

  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Poor Posture
  • Bursitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Separation
  • Collarbone Fracture
  • Overuse Of Shoulder Muscles
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Unstable Shoulder Joint
  • Whiplash
  • Tendinitis
  • Impingement
  • Sprains And Strains
  • Torn Cartilage
  • Tendon Rupture
  • Repetitive Use or Injury to the Surrounding Muscles

Symptoms

  • Numbness and tingling sensation in the shoulder
  • Visible deformity and discoloration
  • Swelling
  • Muscle weakness and stiffness
  • Pain and clicking sound while moving the arm
  • Feeling of popping or grinding
  • Inability to move the arm

Diagnosis

To diagnose the underlying cause of shoulder pain, the orthopedic doctor will physically examine the joint and inquire about the patient’s medical history. He may also recommend certain imaging tests such as X-rays and CT scans to determine the extent of the injury or the possibility of a fracture.

Treatment

  • Medications: The orthopedic doctor may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Injections: If the pain is acute and persistent, the patient may find relief with an injection. This is particularly helpful if the shoulder pain is due to Arthritis.
  • Heat Or Ice Packs: Pain to the shoulder due to sport injuries can be relieved with the help of heat or ice packs. Applying them on the affected area helps to relieve compression from the nerves and reduces swelling.
  • Sling Or Braces: These can be worn to provide support and stability to the shoulder. It can help to relax the muscles and allow them to heal.
  • Physical Therapy: Once the swelling and tenderness has subsided, the patient may need to undergo physical therapy sessions for complete recovery. The stretching and strengthening exercises help to restore the normal range of motion of the shoulder.
  • Surgery: It is usually recommended only if shoulder pain is caused due to some underlying nerve problem.

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of shoulder pain you can visit OrthoTexas, Plano, TX. To schedule an appointment, you can call at (972) 985 – 1072 or visit us at 4031 West Plano Parkway Suite 100, Plano, TX 75093.

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