Shoulder pain is a common complaint among people of all ages. It can range from mild discomfort to severe pain that can limit your ability to move or perform everyday activities. Knowing what type of shoulder pain you have is important for getting the right diagnosis and treatment. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to identify the type of shoulder pain you have and what treatments are available.
Understanding the Different Types of Shoulder Pain
The first step in determining the type of shoulder pain you have is understanding the different types of shoulder pain. The most common types include:
- Rotator Cuff Injury: This type of injury occurs when one or more tendons in the rotator cuff become inflamed or torn. Symptoms include sharp pain when lifting your arm, difficulty sleeping on the affected side, and weakness in your arm or shoulder.
- Frozen Shoulder: Also known as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder is a condition that causes stiffness and limited range of motion in your shoulder joint. Symptoms include difficulty moving your arm, aching pain that gets worse with movement, and stiffness that lasts for weeks or months at a time.
- Bursitis: Bursitis occurs when one or more bursae (fluid-filled sacs) become inflamed due to overuse or injury. Symptoms include tenderness when touching the affected area, swelling, and difficulty moving your arm due to stiffness or pain.
- Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes cartilage breakdown in the joints. Symptoms include joint stiffness, swelling, and difficulty moving your arm due to pain or weakness.
Diagnosing Your Shoulder Pain
Once you understand what type of shoulder pain you may be experiencing, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis from a specialist so they can recommend appropriate treatment options for you. They will likely ask questions about your medical history and perform a physical examination before making a diagnosis. They may also order imaging tests such as X-rays to get a better look at your shoulder joint and rule out other conditions such as fractures or growths..
Treatments for Shoulder Pain
There are a variety of regenerative therapies and integrated medicine approaches for treating different types of shoulder pain. For example, rotator cuff tears can be treated with regenerative therapies such as PRP injections, which stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Frozen shoulder syndrome can be treated with chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and acupuncture, among other treatments. Bursitis can be treated with anti-inflammatory injections, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications. At Integrated Medical Group, our team of healthcare professionals works together to provide a personalized approach to each patient’s care, using a combination of regenerative therapies and integrated medicine approaches to effectively treat different types of shoulder pain.
Shoulder pain can be caused by many different conditions ranging from minor injuries to serious medical conditions such as arthritis or rotator cuff tears. Knowing what type of shoulder pain you have is important for getting an accurate diagnosis so you can receive appropriate treatment options for relief from discomfort and improved mobility in your shoulders again soon!