The quick answer is that shoulder pain can have many causes. Some injuries in the shoulder come from trauma or overuse. Others come from wear and tear and repetitive stress. Either way, shoulder pain can severely limit your daily activity and function. Inflammation, instability, muscle tears, arthritis and fractures are the most common causes of pain.
Some other common shoulder issues include:
Several types of shoulder injuries require immediate medical care. If you think you have one of these, you should go to the emergency department or an urgent care center. These injuries include:
The vast majority of the workforce sits at a computer desk all day. Sitting at a desk typically causes postural issues which can cause the shoulders to round forward. Slumping in a chair while looking at a computer screen can change the position of the shoulder. When the shoulder blades round forward, It changes the way the shoulder sits in the socket of the joint. This can cause excessive stress on the rotator cuff, not to mention the neck and upper back.
Shoulder pain can be a sign of other issues in the body. Referred pain can occur in the shoulder. Pain in the shoulder may be referred from:
Referred shoulder pain typically does not change with shoulder movement. Some notice increased shoulder pain after eating when gallstones are present. If you notice shoulder pain that does not change with movement, it is important to see your physician to rule out medical complications.
If your shoulder hurts, there are many things in your life which become difficult. Reaching for items, lifting, typing, you name it.. it hurts. An ache or pain in the shoulder every once in a while is pretty typical but if the pain is constant or consistent it can be a sign of a more serious problem. Waiting to see a doctor or go to therapy can lead to complications that make recovery take even longer. An orthopedic physician will do a thorough evaluation and provide you an individual treatment plan. Here is what your MD may do:
-A complete medical history
-Physical Exam including manual testing of your shoulder
-Special tests or x-ray
-They may order other diagnostic tests like an MRI
-Modification of activities and RICE Technique
-They may order physical or occupational therapy
If you have recently had a shoulder surgery please watch this helpful video: Dressing the Upper Body After an Injury or Surgery
If you injure your shoulder, early treatment is important. The shoulder tends to become stiff very quickly and can develop functional limitations if the injury is not treated properly early. That’s why the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute offers ASAP Fracture and Injury Services. This allows patients with injuries to be seen quickly without a trip to the Emergency Room. (Severe Injuries and trauma should still go to the Emergency Department.
JOI offers World-Class physicians and surgeons to address injuries. We also offer the top therapists in 12 convenient locations to help you return to your normal daily life. For physical therapy appointments, please call 904-858-7045.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic Shoulder Specialist, please call 904-JOI-2000, schedule online or click the link below.