Shoulder Pain Symptoms & Treatment NYC
Shoulder pain is a very common condition that can completely limit range of motion. However, because the shoulder is a complicated and large joint, there are a number of causes that will determine how best your shoulder should be treated. Living Well Medical in NYC believes in the non-surgical treatment of pain wherever possible and shoulder injuries can often be rehabbed effectively with our approaches.
Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
For shoulder pain, many of the more common causes can be treated without fears of having to call on the services of a shoulder surgeon for invasive repairs. Below you will find information on a few causes of shoulder pain and information on treatment.
Torn Rotator Cuff/Rotator Cuff Injury
The rotator cuff describes the group of muscles and tendons that support the shoulder joint. The tendons and muscles are extremely important in the overall function of the joint like stability and movement. When the tendons of the muscles in this group are damaged or torn, symptoms typically include pain and restricted motion. Typical reasons for this injury include repetitive motions, overexertion, and trauma. Rehabilitative exercises often achieve excellent results for even larger tears of the rotator cuff. For complete tears, surgery to reattach the tendons is almost always necessary.
Bursitis of the shoulder is an inflammation of the bursa sacs (bursae) that carry synovial fluid, the material responsible for the smooth gliding of muscles and tendons across bones. Common symptoms of shoulder bursitis include joint stiffness, localized pain, and burning pain. Like a torn rotator cuff, bursitis is often a result of repeated motions and extreme pressure to the area. Trauma is also a known cause of inflammation of the bursae. Conservative treatments like cryotherapy and physical therapy can reduce the pain of bursitis as well as therapeutic massage.
Also known as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder often has no ostensible cause. It may follow a traumatic injury to the shoulder or it may come about for no known reason. It is characterized by significant restriction of the shoulder's motion and pain. The cause of restricted motion is the formation of adhesions of scar tissue but the trigger for this scar tissue is not understood. Stretching exercises with a physical therapist, massage therapy, and chiropractic manipulation can be helpful in rehabbing a frozen shoulder.
Shoulder Treatment in Downtown Manhattan, NYC
Treatment for shoulder pain at Living Well Medical in NYC is a complete approach to restoring functional range of motion and strength. Physical therapy and other rehabilitative techniques that rebuild lost muscle function from an injury or trauma are a primary method of shoulder pain treatment. However, chiropractic and other therapies like cold laser therapy can be applied to help speed recovery and deliver more favorable treatment outcomes.