About Shoulder Pain
The shoulder is a complex area in the body that encompasses eight muscles, in addition to multiple ligaments, joints, tendons, nerves and bones. Because of the elaborate nature of the area, shoulder pain may also affect the neck, arms and upper back. This pain may be dull and achy, sharp or merely in the form of uncomfortable stiffness. Most frequently, shoulder pain causes are linked to injuries, overexertion or conditions that affect the joints. Shoulder pain relief is possible with a comprehensive treatment plan, although recommendations for treatment are generally made after assessing shoulder pain causes, along with the severity of the condition and overall health of the patient.
Possible Symptoms of Shoulder Pain
The symptoms of shoulder pain may differ for each individual and the affected area of the shoulder. For many people with shoulder pain, symptoms can include discomfort in the neck, upper back and arms as well as swelling, stiffness and instability. This pain may be acute or chronic and may lead to a loss in flexibility and a diminished range of motion. In some instances, arthritis may also be a symptom of shoulder pain.
Diagnosing Shoulder Pain
Your healthcare provider will investigate possible shoulder pain causes if your pain is not directly linked to an accident or injury. This may include blood tests and other diagnostic tests in addition to a thorough physical examination.
Advanced imaging tools will also be used to accurately assess the extent of the damage. After evaluating the shoulder, your healthcare provider will likely have a better idea of the reason for your pain so you can begin treatment.
Treatment Options for Shoulder Pain
The following treatment options are offered at Total Health & Peak Medical and are frequently used in the comprehensive treatment plans that are customized each individual patient.
A natural alternative to medications and surgical procedures, acupuncture triggers the body to produce endorphins after fine needles are inserted at varying sites throughout the body. The release of these hormones naturally aids in shoulder pain relief.
Shoulder pain relief can be achieved through one of many chiropractic techniques, including spinal manipulation and neck adjustments. These techniques are also effective in restoring mobility and functionality to the injured shoulder.
With a thorough plan involving mechanical force and strategic exercises, the range of motion and flexibility in the shoulder can be restored.
Aside from much-needed shoulder pain relief, Total Health and Peak Medical equips you with a powerful tool in your recovery: information. We educate each one of our patients on a case-by-case basis to ensure that you are able to take both active and preventative measures outside of our office to make the most of your treatments and facilitate total body wellness.