Dealing with Shoulder Pain

When you have a sore shoulder, it can be one of the biggest nuisances — or it could cause crippling agony. There are a wide range of sources that could cause your pain, from simply sleeping wrong to damaged bone or soft tissue.

There are a few different factors to consider when looking at treating you hurting shoulder. The two main factors include what is causing the pain and how severe the pain is. Regardless, a chiropractor can almost always help alleviate your discomfort, at least to some degree.

Source of the Pain

As we mentioned before, shoulder pain can be attributed to many different causes. Much of this ambiguity is due to the fact that the shoulder is comprised of several joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. All or any of these can experience discomfort for any number of reasons. But, there are some issues that are much more common than others.

One of these is called bursitis. In your shoulder, there are small sacs of fluid that help cushion the bone from the soft tissues. When these become inflamed from impact or overuse, it causes severe pain. In the same light, tendinitis occurs when the tendons connecting muscle to bone become worn down. This can be an acute pain from overuse, or it can be a chronic pain from repeated overuse or diseases like arthritis.

One of the most obvious shoulder injuries is a dislocated shoulder, also called shoulder instability. When this happens, the upper arm bone becomes dislodged from the shoulder socket and hangs limply. A partial dislocation is called a subluxation. While these injuries are usually caused by sudden force on the shoulder, constant wear and tear can also cause dislocations.

Other causes include fractures, arthritis and other degenerative diseases, tendon or ligament tears, rotator cuff injuries and common sprains. NOTE: If you experience pain or numbing in your left shoulder accompanied by chest pains, call 911 immediately, as these are signs of a heart attack.

Severity of the Pain

Many times, shoulder pain with feel like a sharp stab, then a dull pain follows before it eventually goes away on its own. If you experience this, use ice to keep inflammation down and ride out the pain. Be sure to avoid using the joint too much while it heals, but be sure to move it every now and again. Not moving your shoulder could cause it to freeze up.

If the doesn’t go away or it returns, you may need to seek treatment. Other signs that you should seek medical help include:

  • Inability to use or raise the arm
  • Prolonged inflammation or warmth in the area
  • Recurring pain
  • Chronic pain, lasting more than a couple days
  • Noticeable misshapenness of the shoulder

Shoulder Pain Treatment in Woodbridge

To get the best shoulder pain treatment in Woodbridge, come in to ACT Wellness. We can locate the source of the pain and either alleviate it or, in some severe cases, get you the medical help you need. Sometimes gall bladder problems manifest as pain in the right shoulder, while pancreas issues cause pain in the left.

Dr. Carmelo F. Caratozzolo can figure out what’s causing your pain and give you the best course of action, whether that’s a simple alignment or one of our state-of-the-art therapy options. Contact us today for more information or to set up an appointment.

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