Our chiropractic doctors in San Diego put this page together to inform you on different types of shoulder pain, symptoms associated with the injury and how to treat your condition.
If you're currently experiencing shoulder pain, the discomfort could be due to a myriad of factors, such as an impingement, rotator cuff tear, soft tissue injury, etc.
You only get one body, meaning you should take care of it, enjoy it and get the most you possibly can from it. How can you enjoy life if you're in constant agony? You can't. Therefore, it's important to understand your shoulder condition, and learn how to treat it.
How Shoulder Pain Occurs
When shoulder pain or discomfort forms, it can arise from the shoulder joint itself or a muscle, ligament, joint or tendon or the soft tissue surrounding the shoulder could be the underlying issue. Repetitive overhead activities (i.e. sports) can worsen the pain.
Shoulder pain and conditions often stem from arthritis, torn cartilages, torn rotator cuff, pinched nerve, soft tissue injuries, or fracture. Further, shoulder pain generally affects your range of motion, and can lead to more pain if left untreated.
If you've ever experienced shoulder pain, then you know that the level of discomfort can range in severity, from mild to extreme. Common types of shoulder pain often include the following:
- Shoulder Impingement
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Labrum Tears
- Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
- Soft tissue injury
The type of shoulder pain you experience will often dictate the symptoms of your injury. The more severe the injury, the more pain and discomfort the symptoms can cause.
The level of pain and discomfort caused from a shoulder injury can vary from slight aggravation to constant suffering. For example, a shoulder condition can produce any of the following ailments:
- Dull, Achy, Sharp or Severe Pain
- Sudden or Gradual Discomfort
- Inability to raise Arm
- Decreased Range of Motion
There are a variety of factors that can be causing your shoulder pain. It will be beneficial to have a professional check you out to give you a specific diagnosis as well as give you specific treatment options to help you heal.
There are a variety of options to help treat, or at least lessen the pain of your shoulder injury or condition, including:
- Heat Pack
- Anti-inflammatory Medication
- Physical Therapy
In severe cases, surgery may be required to repair any rips or tears.
Learn to Heal
At Your Healthy Spine, we want to help you learn how to heal your body, so you can enjoy life – every single day. Our movement and mobility team of chiropractors has the skills and experience to give you the comfort you deserve.