My shoulder hurts, now what?

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You can’t truly appreciate how important our shoulders are until one of them starts to hurt.

Activities as simple as brushing your teeth or hair becomes very difficult. And don’t even try reaching behind your neck or overhead.

My shoulder hurts, now what?

If you experience shoulder pain, it’s not always possible to figure out the cause. Sometimes problems in other parts of the body are actually the source of the pain, such as a pinched nerve, disc herniation, arthritis in the facet joints of the spine in the neck and even trigger points causing pain that radiates to your shoulder. Other common types of shoulder pain include rotator cuff tears, subacromial bursitis, frozen shoulder, and arthritis of the shoulder joint (gleno-humeral joint). Shoulder specific pain can result from an acute or immediate injury or trauma such as having the shoulder twisted, pulled, hit, or from repeat overuse of the shoulder. If you are experiencing a lot of pain or know you injured yourself, it’s best to see a doctor right away to have your shoulder condition diagnosed.

But if you have mild shoulder pain, try reducing your activities that involve your shoulder, taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and performing mild stretches to see if the pain improves on its own. Try to avoid movements that keep your arms over your head. If the pain gets worse or doesn’t go away after a 2-3 weeks, its time to consult your doctor.

What are some causes of direct shoulder pain?

The experts at Southwest Pain Management can properly diagnose and treat these shoulder problems.

You can’t truly appreciate how important our shoulders are until one of them starts to hurt.

Activities as simple as brushing your teeth or hair becomes very difficult. And don’t even try reaching behind your neck or overhead.

My shoulder hurts, now what?

If you experience shoulder pain, it’s not always possible to figure out the cause. Sometimes problems in other parts of the body are actually the source of the pain, such as a pinched nerve, disc herniation, arthritis in the facet joints of the spine in the neck and even trigger points causing pain that radiates to your shoulder. Other common types of shoulder pain include rotator cuff tears, subacromial bursitis, frozen shoulder, and arthritis of the shoulder joint (gleno-humeral joint). Shoulder specific pain can result from an acute or immediate injury or trauma such as having the shoulder twisted, pulled, hit, or from repeat overuse of the shoulder. If you are experiencing a lot of pain or know you injured yourself, it’s best to see a doctor right away to have your shoulder condition diagnosed.

But if you have mild shoulder pain, try reducing your activities that involve your shoulder, taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and performing mild stretches to see if the pain improves on its own. Try to avoid movements that keep your arms over your head. If the pain gets worse or doesn’t go away after a 2-3 weeks, its time to consult your doctor.

What are some causes of direct shoulder pain?

The experts at Southwest Pain Management can properly diagnose and treat these shoulder problems.

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