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Shoulder Pain

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Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain involves discomfort at or near your shoulder joint, or the area where your upper arm attaches to your torso. The joint is made up of muscles, bone, ligaments, and tendons. 

Shoulder pain is often associated with an injury, disease, or normal wear and tear associated with aging.

What are the symptoms of shoulder pain?

Common symptoms associated with shoulder pain include:

  • Stiffness

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Decreased range of motion

  • Discomfort when you move your arm

  • Inability to move your arm above your head

Numerous injuries or health conditions can cause shoulder pain, including arthritis, bursitis, fractures, tendinitis, torn cartilage, sprains, tendon ruptures, frozen shoulder, and more. 

Shoulder injuries might occur if you lift something heavy, play sports, or are in an automobile accident.

What are the risk factors for shoulder pain?

Anybody can develop sciatica, but the following factors appear to increase your risk of experiencing it:

  • Being obese or overweight 

  • Having diabetes

  • Prolonged sitting

  • Older age

  • Carrying heavy loads

Possible complications associated with sciatica include leg weakness, loss of feeling in your leg, or loss of bladder or bowel function. 

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

To diagnose the cause of shoulder pain, the Complete Wellness team reviews your symptoms and medical or accident history. They examine your shoulder and may use blood tests or imaging tests like X-rays and MRIs to determine the type of disease or injury you have.

What is the treatment for shoulder pain?

Your personalized shoulder pain treatment plan depends on the type and severity of your injury. Your Complete Wellness provider might recommend one or more of the following:

  • Heat or ice therapy - Using heat or ice therapy helps reduce inflammation and pain associated with sciatica. Try alternating heat with ice treatments.

  • Physical therapy - Your Complete Wellness specialist demonstrates strength exercises and stretches that offer pain relief and build strength to prevent future sciatica pain.

  • Chiropractic adjustments - Chiropractic adjustments involve your Complete Wellness specialist placing controlled pressure on areas of your spine to realign it and relieve stress on your sciatic nerve.

  • Massage - Massage helps relax you, break up tight tissues in your back, and relieve sciatic nerve pressure for pain relief.

  • Dietary supplements - Your Complete Wellness provider might recommend taking certain dietary supplements to strengthen your joints and reduce discomfort associated with a shoulder injury.

  • Infrared saunas - Infrared saunas can help warm and heal your joints without the feeling of being overheated. This holistic method is an alternative to pain medicines or invasive surgery. 

Don’t live with shoulder pain when holistic solutions are available at Complete Wellness. Schedule an appointment by phone today or use the online booking tool.

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