Shoulder pain can be caused by many issues, but some of the most common causes include:
Some types of shoulder pain can be caused by slip-and-fall accidents, sports injuries, car accidents, or other types of accidents, while other painful symptoms can develop as a result of repetitive motion or overuse injuries, heavy lifting, age-related wear and tear, or even improper posture.
At the practice, the doctor uses a series of passive and active range-of-motion exercises to determine the cause of most types of shoulder pain. In some cases, such as when pain develops suddenly following an accident, x-rays may be needed to rule out fractures. Patients will also be asked to describe other symptoms they may be experiencing, including pain radiating into the arm or neck, weakness in the arm or hand, pain or throbbing in the shoulder during sleep or rest, or grinding or “catching” sensations when moving the shoulder. All of this information can aid in determining the cause so the most appropriate treatments can be applied.
The shoulder is a complex joint with movement dependent upon many structures. Treatment can vary based on which structures are involved as well as the symptoms that are being experienced, the patient's overall health, and other issues. Treatment options can include passive and active exercises, massage, and stretching techniques to help resolve inflammation, release tension, and restore normal function. In some cases, massage and exercises may also involve the neck or upper back and even the lower back or hips when postural issues are involved. Strengthening exercises and lifestyle changes may also be recommended, including incorporating ergonomics in the work area.
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