What to do if you have sustained a shoulder injury?
Shoulder pain is very common, affecting men, women and children of all races and ethnic backgrounds. Many people come to The AIMS Clinic seeking pain relief. Poor posture, poor body mechanics and shoulder overuse are often factors that lead to chronic shoulder pain. Perhaps you are swinging a golf club the wrong way or too often, lifting weights at the gym and rolling your shoulder or incorrectly twisting your body to secure your child in a car seat. Before you know it, you have a shoulder injury.
So many people who are seeking a shoulder doctor are struggling with everyday activities. Their pain and stiffness prevent them from participating in sports they enjoy, performing office duties – especially computer related, carrying their children or gardening. A light tingle or dull ache has now turned into chronic shoulder pain.
When symptoms are experienced, it is the body’s way of shouting that something is wrong, resulting in shoulder joint pain. Addressing and treating the pain at the root level is vital. Waiting may result in unnecessary pain medication and dependency or the pain may worsen.
To properly diagnose a shoulder injury, a Medical History, Structural Examination, Muscular Evaluation and Testing is conducted. Posture, range-of-motion, muscle strength and nerve function are components of the diagnosis process. A shoulder doctor may recommend x-rays, ultrasound or MRI. Once evaluated, a diagnosis is made, which may include arthritis, fracture, separation, rotator cuff disease, rotator cuff disease, frozen shoulder or fracture. It may even be determined that the pain is referred from the neck.
Treatment for chronic shoulder pain depends on the cause of the problem. It is critical to not only look at the shoulder, but to explore lifestyle, work related and recreational activities, exercise and diet. This holistic approach can help to prevent a recurrence, once the cause is corrected.
There are several treatment options for shoulder pain management. They include:
- Chiropractic: Specialized techniques can relieve the pressure causing shoulder pain. Adjustments can help alleviate pain and stiffness, restore alignment and improve mobility.
- Physical Therapy: Chronic shoulder pain may be reduced or eliminated with moist heat, ice packs, traction, massage and exercises (stretching and strengthening).
- Acupuncture: Releases chemical compounds in the body that help to relieve pain, override pain signals in the nerves or help energy or blood to flow freely through the body.
- Pain Management: Trigger Point Injections help to relax the muscle, improve blood flow and speed healing.
- Nutrition: We all realize the benefits of eating healthy. Research suggests that an anti-inflammatory diet may reduce pain and speed recovery.
If you are suffering with a shoulder injury, stop suffering! A customized treatment program can be created by our shoulder doctor. At The AIMS Clinic we have restored the health of thousands of people who once suffered with acute and chronic pain.