Shoulder Pain

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Health Quest Chiropractic & Physical Therapy

As we go about our day, it's easy to overlook the important role our shoulders play in our lives. Healthy shoulders have a wide range of motion that allows us to do a variety of tasks. But when something goes wrong with the shoulder and shoulder joint, it quickly gets in the way, causing pain and discomfort as we try to carry out the most basic of tasks.

That’s where we come in. Health Quest’s team can evaluate your shoulder joints and potentially create a chiropractic and/or physical therapy program designed to naturally ease your pain. Using a wide variety of modalities, and by making sure you are comfortable with your care program every step of the way, our staff will do everything we can to help you leave your pain behind, as well as regain your mobility and comfort - without drugs or surgery.

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FAQs on Shoulder Pain:

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body. It moves the shoulder forward and backward; allows the arm to move in a circular motion; and also allows the arms to move up and away from the body. This mobility, however, means the shoulder can be injured by a variety of tasks and actions. Certain health issues are also likely to affect the joint.

Common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • manual labor
  • sports accidents
  • daily repetitive movements
  • Tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • torn cartilage
  • torn rotator cuff

Are There Any Risk Factors for Shoulder Pain?

People are more likely to experience problems with their shoulders with age (especially after age 60.) Over time, the soft tissues surrounding the shoulder tend to degenerate, making them more prone to injury.

This is not to say that young people cannot suffer a shoulder injury. Sports players and individuals who work out often are also highly likely to experience an injury due to a fall, hit, tackle, bad posture, and/or other workout issues.

When Should I Report Shoulder Pain to a Doctor?

Any shoulder pain that presents suddenly and without obvious cause needs to be called in immediately. This type of pain may actually be a sign of a heart attack.

Most often, however, shoulder pain will develop following an injury of some sort. It’s important to go to an emergency room if you experience bleeding or swelling as a result of being injured.

A non-emergency doctor or specialist should be contacted if you experience an inability to move your shoulder; lasting bruising; heat and tenderness around the joint; or pain that persists beyond a few weeks of home treatment.

What Are Treatment Options for Shoulder Pain?

Depending on the nature and cause of your shoulder pain, doctors may suggest a range of treatment options, including but not limited to:

  • rest and icing the affected area 
  • physical or occupational therapy
  • a sling or shoulder immobilizer
  • surgery 
  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • corticosteroids

How Can Health Quest’s Services Help?

Health Quest provides a customized combination of chiropractic, physical therapy, and/or rehabilitative services designed specifically for your issue or injury. Our wide variety of treatment modalities can reduce joint restrictions, increase joint mobility, and strengthen weakened muscles that are affecting your mobility and health.

During each visit, no matter what your care program looks like, you will meet with your doctor for evaluation and treatment, then move on to prescribed physical therapy protocols in our state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility. These supervised protocols will gradually intensify to recondition and strengthen weakened/injured areas, which prevents exacerbation and recurrence of your shoulder pain.

Ready to schedule an appointment? Our Health Quest team is ready to meet you. Schedule an appointment online or call 410-356-9939 to set up your visit!

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