Your shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in your body. But because of its ability to move in so many directions, it’s also susceptible to injury and pain. The team at Meyer Chiropractic in Southlake, Texas, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder pain and can develop a plan to reduce your discomfort and improve function and health. For an evaluation, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Shoulder Pain Q & A
What is shoulder pain?
Your shoulder is a complex joint made up of bones, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, and muscle. Shoulder pain refers to any discomfort that affects any of the components in and around your shoulder. You may only experience pain when you move your shoulder or the pain may be constant.
What are common causes of shoulder pain?
Shoulder pain can develop from several causes. Some of the most common include:
Impingement occurs when the bony parts of your shoulder rub against the soft tissue, causing pain, inflammation, and decreased range of motion.
Your shoulder joint contains pockets of fluid called bursae that act as a cushion between your bones and soft tissue. Repetitive shoulder movements or an injury can lead to inflammation of your bursae, also known as bursitis.
The tendons in your shoulder connect the muscle to your bones. Tendon tears are common and can occur due to overuse or from an injury. A rotator cuff tear is a type of tendon tear.
Like any other joint in your body, your shoulder joint can develop arthritis, leading to pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Shoulder dislocation and fractures are also common causes of shoulder pain.
What are the means for diagnosing shoulder pain?
Dr. Meyer conducts comprehensive examinations when you come in with concerns about shoulder pain.
During your exam, Dr. Meyer reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam, paying particular attention to your shoulder. He may recommend diagnostic imaging to assess your shoulder further and confirm or rule out the underlying cause of your shoulder pain.
What are the treatments for shoulder pain?
Treatment for your shoulder pain is individualized based on the underlying cause of your discomfort. The team at Meyer Chiropractic may recommend:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Massage therapy
For expert care of your shoulder pain, contact Meyer Chiropractic by phone or online today.