If you are experiencing shoulder pain, your first instinct may be to push through it and hope it gets better. Unfortunately, taking this approach can lead to further damage to the shoulder. By addressing your pain and receiving proper treatment, you can ensure that the injury heals, rather than get worse.
Signs of Shoulder Pain That You Shouldn’t Ignore
There are several indicators that your shoulder pain won’t just go away with a little rest. Stay aware of the following signs of shoulder pain so that you can seek out treatment as soon as possible:
- You are unable to lift or rotate your arm.
- Your pain becomes much more apparent at night.
- The shoulder joint is swollen or bruised.
- You have persistent stiffness of the shoulder joint.
- You feel heat or tenderness around the shoulder joint.
- The pain radiates down your arm.
- Your pain doesn’t improve with at-home care including rest, ice, or over-the-counter pain medication.
Potential Shoulder Injuries and Conditions
If you’re experiencing significant shoulder pain, there are several possible causes. To determine the root of your pain, it is important to visit an experienced medical provider, such as a member of our team at Suncoast Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine.
Some common shoulder injuries and conditions include:
- Shoulder arthritis, which results from inflammation of the shoulder joint
- Shoulder tendinitis, which occurs when the tendons in the shoulder are inflamed
- Shoulder bursitis, which occurs when the tendons and bursa in the shoulder are inflamed
- Shoulder dislocation, which happens when the arm bone pops out of the shoulder socket
- Frozen shoulder, which results from stiffness in the shoulder tendons, ligaments, and muscles
- Shoulder bone fracture, which most commonly occurs after a collision, fall, or car accident
Suncoast Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine provides expert care for shoulder pain. With non-surgical, regenerative treatment options like stem cell and PRP therapy, we can develop an advanced treatment plan for your needs.