The shoulder joint plays an essential role in performing even the most basic activities. Something as simple as making breakfast or driving to work can be incredibly painful with a shoulder injury which can impact a person’s daily routine. For this reason, it can be beneficial to contact a referral center, such as Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center, to get connected with an experienced orthopedic specialist near you. Continuing on the subject, in this blog post, we cover five things that can help minimize shoulder pain. Take a look.
Physical therapy can be beneficial in treating persistent shoulder pain. If your doctor thinks that physical therapy could work for you they will prescribe this for you. The Physical Therapist will work closely with your doctor to tailor a treatment plan that addresses the cause of shoulder pain. Typically patients will undergo physical therapy for several weeks and then follow up with their physician to determine if other treatment options should be implemented.
Patients who experience persistent shoulder pain that affects their daily routine may benefit from occupational therapy. Occupational therapy refers to treatment that reduces the difficulty of performing everyday tasks due to pain. This is similar to physical therapy in that your physician will need to write a prescription for occupational therapy before you can get started.
In some cases a doctor may prescribe medication to help control pain while the patient is undergoing physical or occupational therapy to help treat shoulder pain. Medication should not be used for the long term and it’s important to discuss your medications with your shoulder specialist. If pain persists, your surgeon may suggest other treatment options to relieve shoulder pain.
In addition to the above mentioned treatment options, patients who experience shoulder pain may try making lifestyle changes to help minimize their pain. Some changes may include changes in diet, exercise or sleep habits.
If other pain relief methods fail, surgery may be the best treatment option. Usually, patients who experience recurrent dislocations, acute or chronic rotator cuff tears, and severe joint damage, may require surgery. Though there are numerous surgical options that treat shoulder pain, it is always advisable to consult an experienced orthopedic surgeon to help determine which surgery option is best for you.
Shoulder pain can be caused by a number of underlying reasons that may need immediate medical attention. The ideal way to understand the causes of shoulder pain and get the proper treatment is to seek the help of an experienced orthopedic surgeon. If you have been experiencing shoulder pain, contact Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center to connect with an experienced participating orthopedic surgeon near you. Simply call 888 608 4762 or schedule an appointment, here.
NOTE: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.