Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain Specialist
Shoulders are an amazing part of the body, held in by a ball-and-socket, which create an incredible range of motion for your arms. When they start hurting, they can hamper the most basic tasks of your day-to-day life. When shoulder pain strikes, it’s time to see Dr. Royce McGowan, Dr. Shelita McGowan, and Dr. Kwame Jenkins at the McGowan Medical Centers in Jacksonville, Florida.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

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What is causing the pain in my shoulder?

You may have heard about the sports stars who have a torn rotator cuff that can sideline him or her for the entire season. And, you may be able to identify with the pain that goes with such an injury. It doesn’t take a sports professional to experience shoulder ailments.

Not all shoulder pain is that serious, although persistent pain can be a sign of something that needs immediate attention and could lead to long-term problems. Some of the major causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Arthritis, a persistent inflammation that reduces the cartilage that’s the connective tissue in the joints
  • Tendinitis, when the cords that join the bone to the muscles get inflamed
  • Bursitis, an inflammation of the sacs that are filled with fluid around the joints that help reduce friction
  • Rotator cuff tear, when the tendons that keep your arm in the socket of your shoulder get strained
  • Frozen shoulder, when tissues in your joint become thick or scarred, limiting your range of motion
  • Dislocation, if the bone is no longer where it should be or your arm frequently slips from the socket

What can be done about my shoulder pain?

Over-the-counter healing creams and smelly salves haven’t helped, and maybe those treatments only deaden the pain temporarily. And, taking aspirin only masks the injury. More can be done for your shoulder aches.

First, it may be necessary to take an MRI or X-ray of the shoulder. The doctors at  McGowan Medical Centers will assess the damage and chart your range of motion, the stability of the joint, how much swelling is involved, and the tenderness of the area.

You may need to have your shoulder immobilized or put in a sling for a period of healing. It could require an injection of corticosteroids, which will help immediately with the inflammation. There could be a series of physical therapies and exercises recommended. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary.

Solving your shoulder pain also could involve simple solutions such as fixing your posture or changing the way you do a repetitive action that causes the pain. About 90% of patients who have shoulder pain get better with simple solutions such as resting, exercise and changing the way they do things, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Is it too late to see the experts McGowan Spinal Rehabilitation Center about it?

You’ve lived with pain long enough. It’s never too late to seek proper treatment.

Constant tingling in your fingers, hand, and arms could mean a more serious injury, and the sooner treatment is applied, the better. Immediate sharp shoulder pain that involves chest pains or sudden sweating means you should call for help and get immediate treatment because it could be a sign of a heart attack.

For shoulder pain treatment, contact Dr. Royce McGowan, Dr. Shelita McGowan, and Dr. Kwame Jenkins at the McGowan Medical Centers to learn more about how they can help you.

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