Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is made up of many different joints, muscles, tendons and bones, which allow for a wide range of motion. With so many moving parts, it is not uncommon for people to suffer from shoulder pain. Pain can be temporary or chronic, and either related to movement or constantly present. There are many different conditions that can cause you to experience shoulder pain; luckily, there are many different treatment options, ranging from behavior modification to surgery.

Causes of Shoulder Pain

 Shoulder pain is typically caused by three main conditions:

  • Arthritis: There are many different types of arthritis, but the most common type to cause shoulder pain is osteoarthritis, which develops slowly. It can also be related to past wear and tear, overuse from sports, and injuries.
  • Injured tendons: Tendons connect your muscles to your bones, and can become damaged due to overuse. Tendonitis occurs when the tendon slowly wears down. Tendon tears, which occur when the tendon is ripped into two pieces, are typically caused by a sudden injury.
  • Referred pain: If you are suffering from a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or degenerative disc disease in your cervical (neck) or upper spine, the pain is often referred to your shoulder.

While arthritis and tendon injuries will worsen with movement, referred pain will neither decrease nor increase when you move your shoulder.

Treatments for Shoulder Pain

  • Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractic Adjustments
  • Medical Care
  • Stretching/Strengthening Exercises
  • Range of Motion/Flexibility Exercises
  • Soft Tissue Manipulation
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Graston Therapy
  • Joint Injections-Natural or Corticosteroids
  • Prolotherapy
  • Regenerative Medicine (PRP-Platelet Rich Plasma, Stem Cells)
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Manipulation Under Anesthesia
  • Surgical Repair

You don’t need to suffer from shoulder pain. To determine the underlying cause of your shoulder pain and options for treatment, schedule a consultation with the TEAM of Doctors at one of our 8 Valley BackFit Health + Spine Locations today!


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