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:
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.
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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