Causes of Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain is a common ailment we see here at Aspen Wellness Center and it affects many of our patients at one time or another. There can be many causes for shoulder pain. Bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, repetitive sprains/strains, arthritis, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), dislocation and referred pain from the neck and mid back are some of the most common issues. Other more serious issues include heart, liver and gallbladder disease. Believe it or not, muscle injuries can occur in both active and sedentary patients.
When to Call Your Chiropractor for Shoulder Pain
Like any other pain condition the sooner you seek the appropriate treatment the sooner you can heal and get back to your normal daily activities. If you are unsure of what is causing your shoulder pain or you do not know the specific treatment, be sure to schedule an appointment with your Fort Collins Chiropractor. Signs that you should seek treatment are:
-Shoulder pain that persists beyond a few days.
-Inability to carry objects or raise/use the arm
-Shoulder pain that occurs at night or while resting
-Swelling or significant bruising around the shoulder joint area
-Signs of an infection, such as fever, redness or swelling
The Best Treatments for Shoulder Pain
-Rest. The most important thing to do when you first feel shoulder pain is to rest the shoulder joint and let the inflammation subside. Ibuprofen or another NSAIDs can also be helpful. But remember: prolonged immobilization of the shoulder can lead to “frozen shoulder” and prolonged use of pain killers can lead to liver damage.
-Ice Packs and Heat Packs. It’s important to know when to use ice packs and when to use hot packs on a shoulder injury. Be sure to use an ice pack on the site of the injury/pain for the first 48 hours or until any swelling completely subsides. It’s best to do this 4-5 times per day up to 20 minutes at a time. Tip: don’t have an ice pack handy? Use a frozen pack of peas or other frozen vegetable. They work just as well.
On the other hand using heat at the stage can actually increase pain and swelling. It’s much better to use heat packs for chronic conditions to help relax and loosen the muscles. Using moist heat is much more effective than using a heating pad alone. It is not necessary to apply heat longer than 20 minutes at a time. Tip: not sure which type of heat pack to use? If you don’t have one that you have purchased at a store, fill a cotton bag or thin long sock with rice that has been slightly moistened. Tie off to avoid spillage and then heat in the microwave for about 45 seconds.
-Stretching and Exercising. A stretching and/or exercise program is an important part of any rehabilitation program. However performing the wrong ones can make your condition worse. Be sure to talk to Dr. Michael Kleker about the best treatment plan for you. Remember that Chiropractors are well trained in medical diagnosis. One of the priorities in an examination is to rule out any serious medical conditions. If you have shoulder pain, don’t hesitate to call us for a free consultation.