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Shoulder Pain Treatment in Gilbert, AZ

Shoulder Pain Treatment Options

  1. Rest
    • Rest can prevent further injury in your shoulder and allow your body to heal on its own.
  2. Hot or cold therapy
    • Heat relaxes your muscles while ice reduces inflammation.
  3. Physical or occupational therapy and exercise
    • Physical or occupational therapy helps improve your shoulder strength and flexibility.
  4. Sling or shoulder immobilizer
  5. Medication
    • Over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, can help reduce pain and inflammation. Injections can help relieve severe pain that hasn’t improved using other medication.
  6. Surgery
    • In some severe circumstances, such as labrum or rotator cuff tears, you may need surgery to resolve your shoulder pain. The majority of shoulder pain can be resolved without surgery.

Shoulder Pain Symptoms

  • Pain in the shoulder
  • Limited or complete loss of mobility in shoulder joint
  • Inability to raise your arm past shoulder level or discomfort when doing so
  • Tightness in the muscles surrounding your shoulder
  • Bruising or swelling around the shoulder joint

Shoulder Pain Diagnostic Tests

Your doctor will inquire about your medical history and your history of symptoms. They’ll conduct a physical examination to look for abnormalities such as deformities, swelling, or weakness and examine your range of motion. Your doctor may order some imaging tests to determine the source of your pain:

  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthrogram
  • CT Scan or MRI
  • X-Ray

Shoulder Pain Types

  • Sprain: Injury to a ligament
  • Strain: Injury to a tendon
  • Tears: Injuries to the soft tissues of the tendons, muscles, or labrum

More Shoulder Pain Facts

Shoulder injuries are the third most common musculoskeletal complaint physiotherapists hear, and it is more common in women than men.

About half of all new shoulder pain episodes resolve themselves in about twelve weeks with adequate rest. Torn rotator cuffs are the most common reasons people visit a shoulder pain specialist.

The Pain Experts of Arizona was founded to bring the highest level of care in a state-of-the-art setting that emphasizes the belief of treating our patients with the same respect, compassion, and dedication we would treat our own friends and family.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment and let us help you get back on your way to an active life without the limitations of chronic pain. From our Phoenix office, The Pain Experts of Arizona, serves pain management patients in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, and the entire Phoenix area.