Joint Regeneration of Lake Oconee
Orthopaedic Specialist located in Lake Oconee, Eatonton, GA & Watkinsville, GA
Shoulder Pain Q&A
What conditions cause shoulder pain?
Your shoulder is a joint that's composed of your upper arm bone, collarbone, and shoulder blade. These bones form your shoulder joint, also known as a ball and socket joint.
Your shoulder also contains a number of muscles and tendons that hold the joint together and provide you strength and stability. Because your shoulder allows your arm to move in a variety of different ways, it’s often the object of injury or wear-and-tear.
For this reason, many different conditions can lead to pain in your shoulder, some of which include:
- Rotator cuff tear
Injuries to the muscles and tendons in your shoulder joint are common, especially if you play sports or have a job that requires repetitive use of your arms and shoulders. These movements put your shoulder at a higher risk of damage and injury because of repetitive motion.
What are other symptoms of shoulder pain?
Shoulder pain varies from person to person, and the condition that’s affecting your joint plays a large role in your symptoms. An acute injury may have more severe symptoms right away, whereas a chronic condition may have symptoms that come and go.
However, some common signs and symptoms accompany many of the different causes of shoulder pain, and they include:
- Decreased range of motion
The pain you feel in your shoulder may be sharp, shooting, dull, and achy. The pain may be almost constant or can come and go depending on the type of activity you’re doing. Some pain gets better with rest, while other pain doesn’t seem to let up at all.
Are there treatments that can help?
The Joint Regeneration of Watkinsville & Lake Oconee team has the knowledge and skill to help you overcome the pain in your shoulder.
After a thorough evaluation of your shoulder, the team may recommend an X-ray or MRI to get a definitive answer on what’s causing the pain in your shoulder. Once they have a diagnosis, the team gets you the expert treatment you’ve been seeking.
Treatment is focused on decreasing your pain and regaining mobility in your shoulder. This often includes physical therapy, which helps you strengthen your shoulder and improve your range of motion and flexibility.
Medications to help with inflammation and pain are another option. This can be used in conjunction with physical therapy, activity modification, and ice or heat to help you get rid of your discomfort.
Don’t continue to deal with shoulder pain alone. Contact the Joint Regeneration of Watkinsville & Lake Oconee team today to make an appointment, or you may schedule a consultation on the website.