Do you have shoulder pain in Chapel Hill? The shoulder complex is the most mobile joint in the body and as a result is subject to a wide range of injuries and conditions. The causes of shoulder pain are endless, but some of the most common reasons for pain in the shoulder include; neck and upper back problems, arthritis in the shoulder complex, abnormal motor patterns causing deviant motion, participation in athletic events, and automobile accidents. Due to the wide range of causative factors, shoulder pain or abnormal motion in the joint may develop gradually or come on suddenly. Since the shoulder joint is used in the vast majority of activities that we engage in daily, any injury to the area should be taken seriously and treated appropriately. Even the most minor injuries should be treated early to help prevent progression.
Treatment for Shoulder Pain
Symptoms indicating the need for an immediate evaluation of the shoulder complex include; shoulder pain that lasts for more than a week, shoulder pain that goes away and then returns frequently, difficulty raising your arm above your head, trouble or pain when carrying objects, pain in the shoulder joint that becomes more pronounced in the evening, any obvious signs of damage to the joint such as bruising or swelling, or an unusual snapping or clicking sensation in the joint during movement. The neck and upper back are the areas that all of the muscles, and structures that control the shoulder joint, originate from. If the communication between the nerves and the structures that they control is interfered with due to spinal misalignment, a cascade of problems can begin.
As is true with most conditions, the most effective treatment is dependent on the exact cause of the problem. Therefore, obtaining an accurate diagnosis is a crucial step in the evaluation process. Leigh Brain & Spine is specially equipped and trained on the various techniques for diagnosing the cause of shoulder pain. Dr. Cosmas Leigh will utilize the clinical information provided from your history, advanced imaging techniques, and orthopedic procedures to determine the exact cause of your shoulder pain. The correct diagnosis will then be used to develop an individualized treatment plan. Whether the pain is originating from the spine or is actually caused by damage to the shoulder joint, our team is here to help. Contact Leigh Brain & Spine today.