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Signs Your Shoulder Pain Needs Help

Signs Your Shoulder Pain Needs Help

You can develop a sore shoulder for several different reasons. The pain can disrupt your life if you’ve had a sports injury, moved your shoulder in a repetitive motion that caused irritation, or twisted it wrong. Though you might think or hope that the pain will eventually go away on its own, your overworked muscles might be the sign of a more serious issue.

At Crescent City Orthopedics, we’re shoulder pain specialists with the expertise to diagnose and treat your issue. Suppose you have persistent pain after trying the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevate) method and over-the-counter medications that aren’t giving you the relief you need. In that case, you should schedule an appointment at our practice immediately.

Symptoms you shouldn’t ignore

Does your shoulder feel stiff? Even if you slept on your shoulder wrong, you might have an injury if your pain persists for more than a day or two. You may injure your shoulder without noticing, but the delayed pain or stiffness tells you something isn’t right.

A stiff shoulder is usually a result of inflammation that occurs when your body is trying to heal an injured area. It might also be a sign that you’re at the beginning stages of osteoarthritis, a chronic condition that occurs when the protective cartilage on your bones begins to erode from inflamed joint linings or overuse.

Other issues to pay attention to include swelling, sudden pain, or pain that persists in your upper arm or elbow. Do you have clicking, grinding, or a cracking feeling in your shoulder? 

Most of these symptoms can cause you to shy away from using your shoulder, which can cause it to stiffen and become more challenging to use, causing a limited range of motion. 

If you experience any of these issues, make an appointment with our team of professionals right away.

Why your shoulder might hurt

When we diagnose your pain, the results we find might include issues such as:

Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that has many complex features. That’s why you should seek an evaluation from medical professionals like us who can give you superior care.

The bottom line

If you have shoulder pain that persists after a few days, you need an accurate diagnosis to get the treatment you need. You want to avoid further complications, and we can help with that. 

To book an appointment about your shoulder pain — no matter how mild or severe — we can help. Call our team in Metairie, Louisiana, today, or use the online booking tool for convenience.

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