Lifestyle Medical Center
Integrated Medical Center located in Tulsa, OK
While you might take your shoulders for granted, they’re incredibly complex joints that allow a wide range of motion but are vulnerable to many injuries and degenerative conditions. The team of integrative health specialists at Lifestyle Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, offers expert diagnosis and natural treatments for shoulder pain. Call or schedule an appointment online today for effective pain relief to get you back to your regular activities.
What causes shoulder pain?
Your shoulder is made up of the bony ball at the top of your humerus (your upper arm bone), the glenoid (the socket), your scapula (shoulder blade), and your clavicle (the collar bone). These bones are supported by your rotator cuff, labrum, and many other ligaments and muscles. All of these parts must work together to provide stability and strength and move your shoulder.
You also use your shoulders almost all the time. Whether you type at a desk all day, have a career that requires more physical labor, or play sports, your shoulders are integral to your upper body movement.
Your shoulders are vulnerable to a wide range of painful conditions, including:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Labral tears
Depending on the severity of the condition, any of these issues cause pain and reduced mobility to varying degrees.
When should I see a doctor for shoulder pain?
You should make an appointment with the team at Lifestyle Medical Center if you have shoulder pain and reduced mobility for more than a few days, especially if your discomfort doesn’t subside with rest, over-the-counter painkillers, and hot and cold packs. If you experience any weakness or numbness in your arms in addition to pain and stiffness in your shoulders, you should make an appointment right away.
How is shoulder pain diagnosed?
The team at Lifestyle Medical Center offers comprehensive exams to diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain. Your appointment begins with a conversation about your lifestyle, medical history, and symptoms.
They also perform a physical exam, feeling your shoulder for abnormalities and guiding you through some gentle movements and stretches to identify any reduction in your range of motion and how your pain is interfering with your mobility. Your doctor will probably also order an X-ray or an MRI to examine the inside of your shoulder in more detail.
How is shoulder pain treated?
Your physician at Lifestyle Wellness Center designs a customized treatment plan to both relieve your pain and heal your shoulder. Each program is unique to the patient but can include a variety of therapies, including:
- Joint injections
- Pressure wave therapy
- Regenerative medicine
- Chiropractic care
- Rehabilitative Therapy
At Lifestyle Medical Center, the team is committed to reducing your reliance on drugs and to using state-of-the-art medical technologies and natural treatments to heal the condition that’s causing you pain, reducing your risk of needing surgery.
If you have shoulder pain, call or schedule a consultation online today.