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What most people call the shoulder is actually several joints that combine with tendons and muscles to allow a wide range of motion to the arm – from scratching your back to throwing the perfect pitch. However, mobility has its price. It may lead to increasing problems with instability or impingement of soft tissue, resulting in pain. You may feel pain only when you move your shoulder, or you may have endless discomfort. Sometimes the pain may be temporary and disappear in a short time, or it may continue and require medical diagnosis and treatment.
Most shoulder problems involve muscles, ligaments and tendons, rather than bones. These problems fall into three major categories: tendinitis, injury, and arthritis. Tendinitis is a result of the wearing process that takes place over a period of years. Sometimes the bones in one of the shoulder joints move, or due to an injury, are moved out of their normal position. This condition can result in the dislocation of one of the joints in your shoulder. There are many types of arthritis that can cause pain, but generally it involved wear and tear changes with inflammation of the joint, causing swelling, pain, and stiffness.
Treatment for shoulder pain can involve altering activities, rest, and physical therapy to help you improve shoulder strength and flexibility. Your doctor may prescribe medication to reduce inflammation and pain. In some cases, injections of drugs may be used to treat pain. If your pain is intense, you may need to seek medical care as soon as possible.
JOI Rehab Has 11 Clinics That Treat Shoulder Pain
When treating patients for shoulder pain, clinicians typically concentrate on range-of-motion with active and passive mobility exercises. Joint mobilization, which is a hands-on technique to improve mobility of the joints, is another way to treat pain in the shoulder. In some cases, patients will undergo strength training as a way to treat their shoulder pain. Lastly, electrical modalities such as ultrasound and E-Stim (electric stimulation) may be used to remedy the pain.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045
Where is Telemedicine frequently used?
All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.
- To schedule a new patient or follow up patient appointment with your MD, please call (904)JOI-2000 or read more here about our orthopedic telemedicine providers.
- To schedule an appointment for physical or occupational therapy, call 904-858-7045 or call any of the 12 area JOI Rehab Centers.
JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.