What Kind Of Shoulder Pain Do You Have?

What Kind Of Shoulder Pain Do You Have?

What Kind Of Shoulder Pain Do You Have?

and when you should consider seeing a doctor

Shoulder pain can be caused by many things. You could have injured it in an accident or simply overused it. It may be caused by a condition such as arthritis – and some of your pain may simply be time and use-related. Here are some questions you should ask yourself when you’re trying to figure out what may have caused your shoulder pain:

Do You Have An Injury?

Think back to when you first noticed your shoulder pain. Did you recently have a fall or hit your shoulder or arm on something? Do you play pickleball, tennis, softball or other overhead sports a lot? Try to move your arm – is your shoulder too stiff or painful for normal movement? Is there swelling along the joint? Can you lift your arm above your head?

Most shoulder injuries can likely be treated at home with ice compresses, stretching and rest. Bandaging the affected arm to make sure you aren’t moving it may be very helpful but only for a very short-time. If you have lingering pain or stiffness that gets worse, not better, or if your shoulder is noticeably swollen or warm to the touch, you may need to see a doctor. Some common injuries that require a doctor’s visit are:

  • Fracture. This occurs when you fall or suffer a heavy blow. Your collarbone or upper arm may crack. There will be immediate bruising and intense pain. Often, you will not be able to use your arm at all or only very little.
  • Dislocation. This is probably one of the most common shoulder injuries that requires medical attention. This is when the arm pops out of its socket. You will feel immediate pain and loss of strength in the joint, and may experience numbness and bruising.  A more minor dislocation can occur at the AC (acromioclavicular) joint; this is common after falling onto the point of the shoulder. 
  • Cartilage Tear. Cartilage is the “padding” that encircles the rim of your shoulder joint. When this cartilage is damaged, you will feel pain when you reach your arm over your head and possibly feel a painful grinding sensation.
  • Rotator Cuff or Labral tear.  Tears of the tendons and other connective tissue about the shoulder are exceedingly common and are the rule rather than the exception after the age of 50 or so.  Most people have degeneration of these tissues that starts in the 30s or so.  Tears will occur with even normal activities during daily use of the arm.  Lack of full strength, limits in normal motion and pain with reaching behind or overhead are common symptoms with these injuries.  Seek professional evaluation if you believe that you have a tear of muscle in the shoulder. 

What If It's Not An Injury:

Sometimes, shoulder pain can occur without an injury to cause it. Often, such pain is age-related and can usually be treated with rest and ice.

  • Frozen Shoulder. This is a condition that limits your shoulder’s range of movement. Over time, bands of tissue build up in the joint and prevent it from moving freely. While the exact cause of this condition is not clear, your risk of frozen shoulder increases if you have diabetes or heart disease.  The stiffness of this condition leads to pain and should be managed carefully and conservatively as much as possible.  
  • Bursitis. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that cushions your shoulder joint. If you repeat the same motions over and over again – such as when you’re playing tennis, painting, or performing other activities that require repetitive movement, this sac can become irritated. Pain associated with bursitis occurs when you’re moving your shoulder.
  • Arthritis. Osteoarthritis, an age-related condition, or rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that causes your body’s immune system to attack the protective lining in your joints, can cause pain and stiffness. Both forms of arthritis cause the cartilage to wear down between bones in the shoulder joint, causing them to rub together.  Chronic inflammation from diet or environment can make the arthritis flare and become painful; seek care when this happens. Read our helpful guide about how to safely and effectively reduce arthritis symptoms at home!

The above conditions can be injury-related, and can sometimes require medical attention as well. It’s important to stay in tune with your body so that you know when it’s time to see a doctor. Dr. Warner, orthopedic surgeon and founder of Well Theory, always takes a patient-led approach in her treatment methodologies – which is why she founded Well Theory. Use our resources and natural pain-fighting products to relieve your pain and restore balance for the betterment of your overall well-being!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Your Back Pain May Not Be Caused By A Disc

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Is Your Back Pain Caused By A Disc

or is it something else?

About 23 million people, or 10 percent of the U.S. population, have one or more chronic disorders of the musculoskeletal system that often cause back muscle pain. Musculoskeletal disorders are the main cause of disability in the working-age population and are among the leading causes of disability in other age groups.

While back pain is often caused by a slipped or bulging discs, it can easily be confused with myofascial pain – the pain associated with the muscular and connective tissue (fascial) structures about the spine. This extremely common type of pain is associated with the spine and other body parts. A patient with myofascial pain will have nonspecific, poorly localized, aching, regional pain in the tissue that includes muscles and joints. Rarely will they have sharp, clear, easily localized pain.

Renowned American physician and medical researcher Janet G. Travell pioneered techniques for treating of myofascial pain. She recognized that pain is not reducible to a single diagnosis.

For example, if a patient presents with left shoulder pain to a pulmonologist, cardiologist or orthopedic surgeon, that patient will be diagnosed in turn with reflex pain from the lung, ischemic heart pain or rotator cuff pain. More likely however, is that the patient has a problem with the skeletal muscle system about the shoulder; that is, the patient has myofascial pain.

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Isolated tender spots in muscles that hurt when compressed (also called trigger points) are characteristic of myofascial pain. A leading cause of chronic pain and disability in this country, unrecognized myofascial trigger point syndrome is also the cause of a significant amount of ineffective, expensive treatment. Muscles receive little attention in modern medical schools as a source of pain.

Myofascial trigger points are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. The spots are painful on compression and can produce referred pain, referred tenderness, and motor dysfunction. However, this is often overlooked as a source of back muscle pain because most providers that deal with pain are not taught about myofascial pain.

Trigger points are thought to develop due to increased or changed muscular demands. Overload can do this, as can poor posture – injury does not need to occur. Trigger points may also be brought about by stress and emotional illnesses, constitutional problems, visceral disease, arthritis, or joint dysfunction.

Pain from active trigger points most often presents in those aged 31-50. At this point, most people are in the mature years of maximum activity. Later in life, latent trigger points and stiffness are more common. It is important to recognize a trigger point early on when a patient presents with back muscular pain. The diagnosis of such a muscular source of pain may be easy to treat if recognized early.

Treating Myofascial Back Muscle Pain

Treating myofascial pain is much more conservative, safe and effective than treating the mistakenly diagnosed syndromes and conditions that it mimics.

Treatment Includes:

  • Injections
  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Managing stress and tension
  • A home self-treatment program and patient education

 

When acute myofascial pain is neglected or ignored, it may become chronic and then is complicated, more painful and time-consuming and expensive to treat reliably.

 

Myofascial pain is a leading cause of pain that is easy to treat if it’s caught early. It is treatable with safe and effective methods even if it is chronic by the time a knowledgeable provider treats the patient. In order to ‘first do no harm’ as the Hippocratic Oath promises physicians will do, MPS must be considered, recognized and treated.

For additional resources, click here to read our helpful blog: 5 Quick Tips to Naturally Reduce Your Back Pain!

For natural, yet powerful relief from back pain, look no further than our full line of Well Theory products. Each product was developed by an orthopedic surgeon, who often utilizes herbal remedies and modern medicine in her treatment plans for her patients.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • 3RD PARTY TESTED
  • 100% NATURAL