Millions visit the doctor for shoulder pain each year and that shouldn’t be too surprising — people rely on their shoulders for countless activities, ranging from basic reaching and grabbing, to sports activities and work. Given the stress that’s placed on them, most shoulders need a little medical tender loving care once in a while. At Better Health Solutions in Scottsdale, Arizona, the team has extensive experience in maintaining shoulder health, mixing conventional chiropractic care with the latest technology. If you want to learn more, call Better Health Solutions at (480) 945-6900 to schedule your consultation or book online.
Shoulder Q & A
What causes shoulder pain?
Your shoulders provide your arms with an amazing range of motion and mobility. To achieve this mobility, they’re made up of numerous joints, ligaments, bones, and tendons. With so many moving parts, it’s not uncommon for an occasional muscle tweak or injury to occur.
Rotator cuff injuries or tears are one of the most common causes of shoulder pain and both can result from either injury or wear and tear:
Playing sports, taking a fall on your arm, car accidents, or lifting something heavy incorrectly can all cause injuries that cause pain in the shoulder.
Repetitive motions can wear down the ligaments and tendons in your shoulder, leading to soreness and possible tears. While this wear and tear often comes with age, working a job or playing a sport that requires frequent, repetitive overhead arm movements can greatly hasten this wear and tear.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage cushioning the bones in your shoulder joint wear down, leading to bone-on-bone grinding. For many, this occurs with age, though some medical conditions can also contribute.
What are the symptoms of shoulder pain?
Aside from pain around your arms and shoulders, you might also experience a reduced range of motion, a sense of fragility in the shoulder socket, or reduced strength in the affected arm. If you experience any of these symptoms in combination with pain, you should seek a medical diagnosis at Better Health Solutions immediately.
How is shoulder pain treated?
Depending on the severity and cause of your shoulder pain, your provider offers a few different treatment options for your shoulder pain:
The electrical currents delivered through regular electrical stimulation treatments can improve blood flow and reduce pain in your shoulder. Initial treatments can help restore mobility and allow you to better stretch and exercise your shoulder.
Your provider’s targeted therapeutic massage can loosen tight muscles, improve mobility, and reduce pain in your shoulder.
The Graston Technique is a massage therapy technique utilizing several metal tools designed for applying pressure to the body. By using these tools, your provider can better reach the deeper layers of tissue, assisting with scar tissue breakup, improving blood flow, and increasing range of motion and tissue elasticity.
Using a small handheld device, your provider applies ultrasonic waves to targeted areas of your shoulder. This stimulates the tissue, improving blood flow, increasing mobility, and reducing pain.
In some cases, rest, immobility, and hot compresses are the best treatment option for alleviating shoulder pain. Better Health Solutions often prescribes rest after initial treatments.
Are you experiencing pain in your shoulder and aren’t sure why? Let the experts at Better Health Solutions in Scottsdale, Arizona, provide a proper diagnosis and care. Call to schedule your consultation or book online.