Your shoulder’s wide range of motion comes in handy for lots of different purposes, but overextending, overusing, dislocating, or otherwise injuring your shoulder is possible. At The Athletes Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, Amanda Wiechens, DC, manages shoulder pain using in-office therapies and home exercises. To schedule your initial consultation, call The Athletes Clinic or book an appointment online today.
Your shoulders are ball-and-socket joints with wide ranges of motion that attach your arms to your torso. You use them constantly for lifting, throwing, reaching, and other movements. When you experience shoulder pain, movements like these can aggravate it.
Rotator cuff injuries are some of the most common causes of shoulder pain. Your rotator cuff is a group of tendons attaching your arm bone to your shoulder’s socket. Rotator cuff tendinitis develops when these tendons become inflamed, and it can be either acute or chronic. Other possible causes of shoulder pain are:
Once she determines the injury or condition causing your shoulder pain, Dr. Wiechens can effectively plan your course of treatment for shoulder pain. Treatment can also result in improvements in the joint’s flexibility and strength.
The first step in treating your shoulder pain is a comprehensive physical exam and consultation at The Athletes Clinic. Dr. Wiechens goes over your medical history and may take digital X-rays of the painful joint.
After completing your examination, Dr. Wiechens talks to you about the treatment methods for shoulder pain available at The Athletes Clinic. Options include:
As you treat and rehabilitate your shoulder, you come in for regular visits with Dr. Wiechens so she can track the joint’s improvements. She also teaches you exercises to perform at home on your own time and can recommend other home care, like rest, ice, and nutrition.
Strengthening your shoulder joints is one of the most effective steps you can take to reduce your chances of injuring them. If you’re not sure how to work your shoulders at the gym, you can talk to Dr. Wiechens, another provider, or a trainer to find out how you can exercise your shoulders without injuring them.
It’s also important to rest your shoulders and to use the proper body mechanics while using them. For example, you should lift heavy objects with your knees and avoid relying on your arm strength. You should also be mindful of your posture, especially while standing or sitting in a single position for an extended period of time.
If your shoulder feels sore, you shouldn’t ignore the discomfort. Instead, you should rest the joint, apply ice, and take other steps to manage the discomfort at home before booking an appointment.
Shoulder pain can be an acute issue or a chronic issue. To find out more about your options for treatment, call The Athletes Clinic or reserve an appointment online today.