Shoulder pain is the term given to any type of discomfort occurring in or around the shoulder. Although usually not serious, it can be a debilitating injury when not treated quickly and properly.
Causes of Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain can originate from the shoulder joint or from the muscles, ligaments, and tendons surrounding it. Surprisingly, shoulder pain is also sometimes caused by conditions (unrelated to the shoulders) that affect your abdominal or chest structures, including gallbladder and heart disease. Unlike typical shoulder pain, soreness caused by these conditions – known as “referred pain” – does not worsen with movement.
Here are a few more of the top causes of shoulder pain, some common and some not as well-known:
- Sprains and strains;
- Frozen shoulder;
- Broken arm;
- Rotator cuff injury;
- Rheumatoid arthritis;
- Dislocated shoulder;
- Separated shoulder;
- Avascular necrosis.
Treatment for Shoulder Pain
Treatment for pain to the shoulder varies widely, depending on the cause. Minor discomfort can be managed with care at home, which includes taking over-the-counter medication, icing the affected area, and resting the injured arm. In some cases, you may be directed by your doctor to perform specific exercises to strengthen your shoulder.
When at-home care and exercises don’t work, you may be informed that you need shoulder surgery. Or, your orthopedist may recommend shoulder surgery immediately if he or she fears that delaying the procedure could worsen your injury. Either way, the sooner you see a doctor about your pain, the better your chances of a full recovery.
Dealing with Shoulder Surgery
If you’re facing shoulder surgery, rest assured that you will be in good hands with Specialty Orthopaedic Surgery. While there are always risks involved in any surgery, even with the less-invasive arthroscopic procedure, the reward far outweighs the risks. What’s more, modern technology has made significant strides in reducing these risks.
To talk to an orthopedic specialist about your shoulder pain and the possibility of surgery, request an appointment with us today.