What is Shoulder Pain?
Physical discomfort of the shoulder, including the shoulder joint itself or any of the surrounding muscles, ligaments or tendons.
Shoulder pain typically falls in the categories of:
- Tendon inflammation or tendon tear
Shoulder Pain Facts
- 1 out every 10 American suffers from chronic shoulder pain
- The shoulder has the largest range of motion of any joint in the body
When to See a Doctor
Shoulder pain will typically subside over time with home treatment, but please call and schedule an appointment with Dr Sobarzo if the pain doesn’t subside within a week or right away if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- The shoulder looks deformed
- Numbness or weakness in your arm or hand
- Pain that interferes with sleep
- Inability to carry items or life the arm
- Pain that is worsening, not improving
- Any swelling or bruising of the shoulder
- The skin around your shoulder is warm to the touch
- Overhead athletes: People who practice sports that require frequent and repetitive use of the arms and shoulders are prone to shoulder pain due to overuse of the joint
- Instability: Those with shoulder instability – lose muscles, ligaments, and tendons cannot properly support the shoulder joint, making it prone to partial and/or full dislocations
- Heavy lifting: Laborers who perform heavy overhead lifting that places additional stress on the shoulder joint, wearing it down over time
- Posture: Poor posture while sitting at a desk, driving, or general slumping of the shoulders weakens surrounding muscles, making the shoulder vulnerable to additional strain due to lack of support
- Anatomy: Those with a natural anatomy of a curved or hooked acromion bones are more prone to shoulder impingement
Your shoulder plays a role in many every day activities and when you become limited by shoulder pain and discomfort, it’s time to see a specialist.
Dr. Sobarzo provides pain relief treatment in katy, Texas.