Shoulder pain can have you running to your Asheboro NC orthopedic doctor. While not every instance of shoulder pain requires immediate corrective shoulder surgery, you and your orthopedic doctor or sports medicine doctor will certainly discuss the various options available to you.
Range of motion affected by shoulder pain
Range of motion is what the shoulder joint is all about. The shoulder joint is designed to give you an incredibly wide and agile range of motion, but when shoulder pain appears, your entire body feels it. If you have shoulder pain, the rest of your body moves into a defense position to avoid the pain. You may experience muscle spasms which restrict motion, or muscle soreness from the so-called cringe effect whenever you do try to work past your shoulder pain. You will very likely consciously avoid certain common motions, and begin handling heavy objects with your non-affected arm, causing a feeling of imbalance and frustration. Avoiding using injured joints can cause muscle weakness, only adding to the problem. Even the simplest of activities, like lifting groceries from the trunk of the car, or putting your child into his car seat become exercises in how to avoid shoulder pain.
Treatments for shoulder pain
Shoulder pain is common to dislocation, rotator cuff tears, tendonitis, impingement syndrome, sprains and strains, and less often due to fractures or shoulder separation. Many shoulder injuries, as with other injuries to our joints, can be effectively treated with RICE, a common acronym for emergency first aid protocol to treat injury or pain. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate. When you first experience shoulder pain, prompt first aid treatment can prevent complications and help you heal faster. These first aid measures can help to relieve pain, limit swelling and protect the injured soft tissue.
Shoulder pain that lasts for more than 48 hours after applying RICE should be diagnosed and treated by a doctor to be sure proper treatment is prescribed and adequate follow-up is undertaken. Shoulder surgery may be necessary to repair the cause of your shoulder pain.
Shoulder pain can be caused by several factors, but you feel it most when you attempt to use your shoulder joint in a normal way. Depending on the diagnosis, physical therapy, immobilization, or an altering of daily activities may be recommended to help manage shoulder pain, however, there are times when shoulder surgery may be the quickest and most effective way to handle your shoulder pain. Depending on your specific injury, your overall general health, your usual level of activity with regard to household chores or athletics, physical fitness, your age and certain other factors, your orthopedic doctors may advise shoulder surgery to correct whatever damage is causing your shoulder pain.
For shoulder pain, contact the orthopedic doctors at Randolph Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Asheboro NC for an examination and evaluation of your shoulder pain. Shoulder surgery may or may not be required for treatment for shoulder pain.