Shoulder Pain and Common Shoulder Problems
Are You Experiencing Intense Shoulder Pain?
There are a few signs you should look out for when determining whether to visit your doctor for a shoulder injury. The first and most immediate sign is extreme pain. If you’re experiencing severe pain as you move or touch your shoulder, it’s time to visit the doctor. Before scheduling a visit, you may look at your shoulder and note any visible deformities. Your blood vessels and nerves may be damaged if you feel numbness, tingling or cold near the site of injury. If your shoulder is injured due to trauma, we suggest seeking medical care immediately.
If you’ve been enduring persistent shoulder pain, that has worsened over time call a doctor immediately. Most home treatments are ineffective for serious shoulder injuries, and professional guidance may be necessary to ensure a safe recovery. A waiting period helps some people determine whether they’ve severely damaged their shoulder. However, you shouldn’t wait longer than a few days if your shoulder is deformed, experiencing loss of feeling or extreme pain. Again, if there has been trauma or there is moderate to severe pain or numbness and tightening, a professional assessment should occur as soon as possible.
Most Common Shoulder Injuries
People experience many types of shoulder injuries every year and identifying the true condition you’re experiencing is the most efficient route to finding the best treatment. A rotator cuff tear is one of the most commonly reported forms of a shoulder injury. The condition is caused by tears or strains and often occurs with bursitis or tendinitis.
Frozen shoulder, which causes the tissue in the joint to thickens and tightens, is also one of the more common causes of shoulder pain. Frozen shoulder also presents a loss of motion.
Professional treatment is certainly required for these conditions. Long-term conditions, like arthritis, cause persistent shoulder pain and are best treated with a professionally-developed treatment regimen.
Why Should You See An Orthopedic Surgeon?
Orthopedic doctors specialize in treatments related to the injuries or damage to the musculoskeletal system, including the shoulder. Every day these doctors work with patients with injuries that have made it difficult to perform daily activities, suffer from chronic pain, and experience a decreased range of motion. Orthopedic doctors can identify the source of your shoulder pain and develop a specific treatment path for you. Part of the board-certification requirement for any orthopedic surgeon includes understanding the shoulder, its diseases, injuries, and the proper treatments.
Care for Shoulder Pain & Shoulder Injuries
Shoulder pain can result from a number of different causes, including arthritis, tendonitis, and joint dislocation. Damage can occur from lifting heavy weight or through sports-related injuries, creating a dislocated joint or fracture. If you are experiencing any severe pain, visible muscle deformities, or persistent pain that has worsened over time, you should seek medical care immediately.
At Warner Orthopedics & Wellness, we will identify the cause of pain to help find the best treatment for pain relief and healing to suit your specific conditions. The severity of pain and damage to bones or joints will allow our specialists to prescribe operative or non-operative treatment plans to help you return to a pain-free life.
Treatments Provided at Warner Orthopedics & Wellness
How can Warner Orthopedics & Wellness help to identify and treat your shoulder pain? As part of the board-certification requirements, orthopedic doctors specialize in the understanding and treatment of the musculoskeletal system, comprised of the skeleton, muscles, and other connective tissues. This understanding allows our team to treat the source of chronic pain in all muscles, including the shoulder.
Treatment options range from lifestyle modification to pain medication, with surgery always presented as the last method of relief. Your doctor may suggest intermittent rest as a means of healing the painful joint through lifestyle modification, or you may be prescribed pain medications, supplements, antibiotics, or anti-inflammatories to treat cases of more severe pain. Surgical intervention is recommended as a final option, especially in the case of a broken bone or dislocated shoulder. At Warner Orthopedics & Wellness, we will work with you to find the best and quickest path to your recovery.
- Sports Related Injuries
- Shoulder Dislocation
- Shoulder Arthritis & Tendonitis
- Shoulder Surgery
- Non-Surgical Treatment
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