You wake up in the morning, perhaps stretch a little, brush your teeth, brush your hair and start the day. You lift your arm and use your shoulder – the most mobile joint in the body, many times throughout the day, without even thinking about it… until one day, you experience discomfort or pain. For some, severe shoulder pain may result.
Most people will experience a shoulder issue at some point during their lives. It affects both men and women of all ages. According to the CDC, over 1.2 million people – not just serious athletes or seniors, visit the emergency room every year due to severe shoulder pain!
Here at The AIMS Clinic, we find that certain occupations are associated with severe shoulder pain – cashiers, hairstylists, painters, construction workers, keyboard operators and welders, to name a few.
Additionally, 25% of those over age 50 are believed to have rotator cuff problems – many of which may not be symptomatic.
Shoulder pain has various levels of severity. Pain may be a mild ache between the shoulder blades to a sharp pain at the point of the shoulder. Other symptoms of concern include:
Unfortunately, some people who experience shoulder pain chose to ignore their symptoms. Pain and lack of sleep, along with the inability to do daily activities can result in fatigue, feeling grumpy and/or depressed! At The AIMS Clinic, we believe the sooner you seek care, the more likely conservative treatments – such as chiropractic, physical therapy and acupuncture can help. An early diagnosis and care can often prevent the pain from escalating to severe shoulder pain.
A slip-and-fall, auto accident or sports injury bring many people to our Center. However, there are additional factors or causes of shoulder pain:
If you have sustained shoulder injuries or relate to any of the factors above, an evaluation with our Team of Experts is vital. Fortunately, we have helped thousands of patients who suffered with various degrees of shoulder pain. It all begins with a FREE Consultation with our Clinic Director. If it is determined that our Team can help, testing and evaluations are conducted. It is not simply to determine if you have a dislocated shoulder or fracture, it is about understanding what activities – at home, work or while enjoying certain sports, may have contributed to your pain. We need to uncover all factors that may have causes pain and discomfort, so that a customized treatment program can be created and the chance of a recurrence is minimized.
Once testing is completed, the components or structures of the shoulder joint – humerus, scapula, clavicle and soft tissue, can be identified, which cause shoulder pain. In addition, it may be determined that the cause is coming from another area – neck or back – known as referred pain. If necessitated, laboratory blood studies or additional testing – such as an MRI, Nerve Conduction Studies or Electromyography, to rule out any underlying health concerns, may be requested.
Testing may reveal that the patient has:
Our unique Team approach has helped patients speed recovery. Our Team of Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturist and Podiatrist work together to customize a treatment program. Our goals are to decrease inflammation, alleviate pain, increase range-of-motion and muscle strength. Treatment options for shoulder pain include:
It is also vital to give your body proper fuel (nutrition) to perform optimally, along with water to flush away acidic waste products that can contribute to inflammation and pain.
If you are suffering with severe shoulder pain or if your shoulder pain is simply a mild ache… help is available at The AIMS Clinic. Whether you were involved in an accident, an athlete who needs help with proper form, a teacher writing on the blackboard or a secretary on a computer all day, we urge you to come in for a FREE Consultation to determine if treatment is needed. Discover our compassionate care by doctors and therapists dedicated to helping patients regain their health.