What is shoulder pain?
Shoulder pain is a common musculoskeletal condition that can affect one or both shoulders. Your shoulder joints are strong and capable of a wide range of motion, but illness or injury can hamper your ability to move freely, resulting in significant pain or discomfort.
Each of your shoulder joints features three bones: the humorous, the clavicle, and the scapula. A layer of cartilage cushions them and supports two joints, the acromioclavicular joint, and the glenohumeral joint. All of these components work in coordination to move your arm up, down, around, and from side-to-side.
Anyone can experience shoulder pain, but it’s particularly common in people who are 60 or older. This is because the soft tissues that support your shoulder begin to wear away with age.
What are some common causes?
Shoulder pain can occur for a variety of reasons, but the leading cause is rotator cuff tendinitis. Other health problems that may result in shoulder pain include:
- Torn cartilage
- Torn rotator cuff
- Pinched nerve
- Frozen shoulder
- Dislocated shoulder
- Broken shoulder
- General wear-and-tear
- Sports or work-related injury
How is shoulder pain diagnosed?
Your Restore Osteo of Colorado provider conducts a thorough physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle. During your exam, they test your shoulder’s range of motion and stability.
If these measures don’t provide enough information, your provider may order an MRI or X-ray. These diagnostic imaging procedures provide a closer look at your bones, tendons, and ligaments.
How is shoulder pain addressed?
Treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. Whenever possible, the team at Restore Osteo of Colorado uses minimally invasive, integrative treatments to relieve pain and improve mobility.
Your provider might recommend treatment with:
- Joint injections
- Physical therapy
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
- Tissue supplementation
You might also benefit from healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and managing your stress levels. Your provider might even recommend a combination of several treatments.
Ultimately, the goal is to limit pain, improve mobility, and restore your quality of life.
Don’t let pain prevent you from living an active, mobile lifestyle. To schedule an appointment at Restore Osteo of Colorado, call the nearest office and speak with a team member or book a consultation online today.