We say it often, but it bears repeating, don’t push through your pain. Shoulder pain is common but should not be ignored, because inflammation and pain in your shoulder from arthritis or a shoulder injury worsens with time. If your shoulder pain persists, see your doctor at ORTHOKnox for a diagnosis. Our sports medicine team is ready to treat your shoulder injury or osteoarthritis at our Knoxville and Athens, Tennessee, orthopedic clinics.
What are the most common causes of shoulder pain?
- Most shoulder pain is due to overuse, which can result in impingements, rotator cuff tears, and tendon inflammation.
- Shoulder fractures can be caused by falls or collisions.
- Osteoarthritis in the shoulder happens gradually as the joint wears down and can cause stiffness and pain in the shoulder.
When should I get treatment for shoulder pain?
Some shoulder pain will subside with RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). If mild shoulder pain does not subside after a few days, then you should schedule an appointment with your doctor. You will want to see your doctor right away if you experience severe pain or swelling in your shoulder. You can visit Urgent Care at our ORTHOKnox clinics in Knoxville and Athens, Tennessee, for prompt treatment of your shoulder injury.
What if the cause of my shoulder pain is osteoarthritis?
While it typically takes months to years for shoulder osteoarthritis to become painful, the sooner you feel pain and get a diagnosis, the quicker you can delay its progression. Your doctor and physical therapist at ORTHOKnox will help manage your symptoms, work toward your shoulder movement goals, and relieve your pain. It is easier to maintain than restore your shoulder mobility and function, so the sooner you get treatment, the better.
How will my doctor diagnose my shoulder injury?
Your doctor at ORTHOKnox will examine your shoulder and test your range of motion and shoulder strength. Tests such as X-rays, MRIs, or CTs may be necessary if some areas are tender or swollen.
How will my doctor treat shoulder pain?
Your shoulder treatment plan will be specific to you and your injury. Some injuries will heal over time with proper rest. Many injuries will require physical therapy. Our team will work with you to restore your range of motion and strengthen your shoulder muscles, which will also help prevent future injuries. With more severe injuries or severe osteoarthritis, shoulder surgery may be necessary. At ORTHOKnox, your doctor may perform your shoulder surgery using arthroscopy, which is a minimally invasive surgical technique that provides your doctor with 3D imaging and a robotic arm to plan and perform your surgery. Shoulder arthroscopy generally has a quicker recovery time as well.
I have shoulder pain. Now what?
If you begin to feel pain in your shoulders, then you should consult your doctor before causing or worsening an injury. For more information about how the board-certified surgeon, orthopedic team, or physical therapists at ORTHOKnox can treat you, call (865) 251-3030, or fill out our easy-to-use online appointment request form. We look forward to hearing from you!