Shoulder pain can cause persistent discomfort and interfere with your ability to perform certain movements. The good news is there are several methods available for treating shoulder pain. The appropriate treatment will depend, in part, on the reason for the pain. The knowledgeable providers at Midtown Medical & Wellness Center in Amarillo, TX, can diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain and recommend specific treatment options.
Causes of Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain can develop as a result of an injury or a specific condition, such as arthritis. Depending on the cause, shoulder pain can also be accompanied by swelling and inflammation. Some common causes of shoulder pain include:
- A fracture
Another common cause of shoulder pain is performing repetitive movements that put repeated stress on the shoulder joint. For example, the motion of swinging a golf club regularly can aggravate the shoulder joint over time and lead to pain and discomfort. Other possible causes of shoulder pain include nerve problems, an infection, or a tumor. However, these are rare and shoulder pain is usually due to one of the more common causes.
Treatments for Shoulder Pain
When shoulder pain is simply due to over-exertion or lifting heavy objects, the injury can sometimes be successfully treated at home by resting and icing the shoulder. Over-the-counter medications can also help reduce inflammation and provide relief from pain and discomfort.
Chronic or severe shoulder pain, on the other hand, is best treated by a medical professional. Chronic or severe pain can be a sign of a more serious health problem. The skilled physicians at our office in Amarillo can develop a plan for treating your shoulder pain.
Treatments for shoulder pain and discomfort include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Prescription pain relief medications
- Stretching exercises
- Physical therapy
- Shoulder surgery