Shoulder pain happens to be more common than you may think. The chances are good that you have already had one or more episodes of shoulder pain during your lifetime. Because shoulder pain occurs so frequently, some people ignore it until the pain becomes severe.
The pain does not always go away on its own. Even if the pain goes away, your body may need further healing. If your body does not heal, further damage may occur.
The bottom line: Don’t ignore shoulder pain. The sooner you receive the right treatment, the better your chances of a full recovery from your pain.
Knowing When to Call a Chiropractor
You should seek treatment from a chiropractor when shoulder pain:
- Lasts more than a few days
- Makes lifting difficult
- Leaves you unable to raise your arm
- Results from injuries caused by vehicle accidents, sports or other traumatic events
- Keeps you awake at night
- Pain with swelling or other signs of infection
Do not delay in calling a chiropractor. The sooner you seek treatment for symptoms like these, the better your chances of getting rid of shoulder pain.
There are many different reasons for shoulder pain including old injuries, new injuries, rotator cuff issues, tears in the ligaments and more. Shoulder pain is also a symptom of heart issues that need diagnosed as soon as possible.
Got an Appointment? Here’s What to Expect.
The best option depends on your unique symptoms. When you visit a chiropractor, you should expect a thorough exam, a detailed overview of your symptoms, possible x-rays and a discussion of other treatments you have received.
Treatment typically consists of one or more of these:
- Rest: The more you can avoid using your injured shoulder, the greater reduction in swelling and pain you’ll experience.
- Heat and ice: Heating pads and ice packs are common treatments for shoulder pain.
- Stretching: Proper stretching will allow you to increase range of motion in your shoulder while relieving you from the pain you’re experiencing.
- Exercises: Exercises are an important part of recovering from shoulder pain. However, you should take it slow and only perform routines as recommended by your provider.
- Medication: Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are often prescribed for shoulder pain.
- Low-level laser therapy: LLT promotes faster healing of tears and irritation.
- Cortisone shots: This may be a good way to reduce swelling in the shoulder area quickly, making other treatments more effective.
It’s important to find help for your shoulder pain as soon as possible. If you have any of the symptoms listed above, you owe it to yourself to learn how our chiropractor can help you get back to living pain-free, without difficult procedures and drugs. Call our Charlotte, North Carolina, clinic at 704-659-3311 or use our online contact form.