Whether it's a nagging pain every time you move your arm or a sharp pain that stops you in your tracks, shoulder pain can make daily life challenging, and at times impossible. The basic design of the shoulder, with its vast range of motion and flexibility, leaves it susceptible to injury, and waiting to get treatment can make the injury worse. Crescent City Orthopedics has a team of orthopedic surgeons in Metairie, Louisiana, that includes several shoulder specialists. With their help, you can get your shoulder back in good working order.
Causes of shoulder pain include arthritis and injury. Some of the more common injuries to shoulders are:
For patients who haven't had a specific injury, arthritis, which is a degenerative condition affecting the joints, is often the cause of shoulder pain.
Frozen shoulder is the common name for a condition called adhesive capsulitis. It occurs after an injury that causes stiffening of the joint along with scar tissue formation. People suffering from frozen shoulder find it difficult, or even impossible, to move the shoulder.
Minor injuries, such as sprains and strains, heal quickly with minimal attention. Icing and resting the shoulder for a few days should bring relief.
If the symptoms don't go away after two to three days of ice and rest, you'll want to make an appointment with a shoulder specialist at Crescent City Orthopedics.
If your shoulder pain didn't respond to rest and ice, then it's time for the doctors at Crescent City Orthopedics to take a closer look. Pinpointing the cause is the first step toward choosing the right treatment option, which may include therapy, medication, rest, or surgery.
Through imaging, including X-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans, your doctor can see the bones, ligaments, and soft tissue in your shoulder, which enables him to find the source of your problem.
Shoulder surgery and the technology to perform it has come a long way in recent years. At Crescent City Orthopedics, you benefit from working with a team of surgeons who are passionate about using the latest innovations to improve results for their patients.
Now, minimally invasive and computer-assisted options allow doctors to perform many procedures arthroscopically, speeding recovery time and reducing the pain and discomfort of surgery. Still, you'll want to plan a period to rest after shoulder surgery so your surgical site can heal well.
If you're suffering from shoulder pain or have suffered a shoulder injury, Crescent City Orthopedics has several shoulder specialists on its team of doctors. Schedule an appointment today to start pinpointing the source of your pain.