Shoulder Pain Q&A
What causes shoulder pain?
You use your shoulders all the time, but probably won’t fully realize how much you rely on them until you sustain a painful shoulder injury that limits your mobility. You may develop an overuse injury such as tendinitis or bursitis in your shoulder. Alternatively, you may have an acute injury like a rotator cuff tear or a fracture.
You may also dislocate your shoulder from either overuse or an acute injury. Dislocation causes a combination of pain, instability, and reduced mobility.
Arthritis is another common cause of shoulder pain, which develops when the cartilage that covers and protects the bones that meet in your shoulder joint wear away. Without the cushioning effects of cartilage, the ends of your bones rub together when you move, creating friction that leads to inflammation, swelling, pain, and stiffness
How is shoulder pain diagnosed?
Your provider at Denali Medical Center diagnoses the cause of your shoulder pain with a physical exam. They ask about your symptoms and lifestyle before examining your shoulder, neck, back, and arms. Your provider guides you through a series of movements and stretches, feeling your shoulder for abnormalities or any signs of swelling or inflammation. In some cases, they may order diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans to collect more information so they can accurately diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain.
How is shoulder pain treated?
The team at Denali Medical Center offers innovative, alternative treatments and therapies that not only relieve your shoulder pain but also heal the injury or condition causing your discomfort. For example, they often suggest RenuO2 oxygenated vitamin injections.
RenuO2 injections activate your body’s natural healing ability by stimulating a mild, temporary inflammation. Your provider injects an infusion of water or saline, oxygen, and nutrients that flood your painful joint with everything it needs to generate new cells and heal your injury.
The providers at Denali Medical Center usually combine RenuO2 injections with traditional treatments such as immobilization and physical therapy. Immobilization helps keep your joint still while your muscles, tendons, and bones heal, reducing your risk of painful reinjury. Then as you recover, physical therapy enables you to rebuild your strength and flexibility.
If you have a painful shoulder injury that’s stopping you from participating in your regular activities, call Denali Medical Center or make an appointment online today.
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