Every time you wave hello, throw a ball, or grab your coat, your shoulder performs its job admirably. But when shoulder pain strikes, you begin to appreciate the scope of its functions. At Total Health Solutions in Milton, Georgia, the team understands how integral your shoulder is to your daily routine and works with you to find immediate relief and long-term solutions. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, call or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that demonstrates just how versatile these joints can be. If you try windmilling your arms, reaching back, or holding your hands high above your head, you witness the incredible range of motion your shoulder provides.
Allowing this range of motion are bands of connective tissue, namely your rotator cuff, that keep your arms attached to your body while allowing them the freedom to move in almost every direction.
Problems with the rotator cuff typically cause shoulder pain. This band of connective tissue, or tendon, is the most hardworking component in your shoulder and, over time, the wear-and-tear can begin to cause problems.
Rotator cuff issues often arise out of repetitive use, which is why they’re also called pitcher’s, swimmer’s, or painter’s shoulder.
As your rotator cuff is taxed, small micro-tears begin forming. This can cause inflammation and pain in your shoulder. If left untreated, these tears can grow larger and cause more severe rotator cuff problems.
There are, of course, other problems that can cause shoulder pain, including:
While your shoulder's design and responsibilities leave it open to injury and degenerative problems that lead to shoulder pain. And, as with all of your joints, the earlier you seek medical intervention, the better.
During your initial exam at Total Health Solutions, the team reviews your symptoms and any relevant medical history. They also review the stresses you put your shoulder to understand what might be at play.
Once they've reviewed your problem, they perform a functional evaluation, which reveals a great deal when it comes to shoulders. Some people may suffer pain only when they lift their arm, or when they move it from side to side, and each symptom helps confirm a diagnosis.
After reviewing advanced imaging of your shoulder, usually an X-ray or ultrasound, the team begins your treatment plan, which may include any of the following:
The Total Health Solutions team works with you to create a personalized treatment plan.
At-home treatments that can reduce shoulder pain include ice or heat packs, rest, elevation, compression, and imobilization.
Shoulder injections can reduce inflammation and pain, accelerate healing, and increase range of motion. Your provider might suggest hyaluronic acid injections to lubricate your joints, or speciality medicine to stimulate cell regeneration.
Completing physical therapy stretches and exercises allows your shoulder to heal faster. Rehabilitation boosts strength and flexibility while reducing your risk of future shoulder injuries.
Don’t live with back pain when simple treatments available at Total Health Solutions can offer relief. Book an appointment by phone or online today.