Shoulder discomfort can be caused by a variety of factors. It might be an immediate occurrence due to an acute injury such as a fall or a strain impacting the shoulder joint. Alternatively, shoulder pain can slowly emerge due to the degradation of joint cartilage or connective tissues from overuse or the aging process.
Even minor strains on the shoulder can lead to significant discomfort and interfere with day-to-day activities.
● Rotator Cuff Tears: Your rotator cuff, a group of tendons and muscles, is essential for maintaining your shoulder joint's stability and allowing you to move your arm in various directions. Tissues in the rotator cuff are most likely to be torn during car accidents or sports-related injuries.
● Arthritis: Arthritis is a condition characterized by joint pain and can take multiple forms. The most common type is Osteoarthritis, a degenerative condition associated with aging, which develops when the protective cartilage in joints wears down over time. However, arthritis is a relatively rare cause of severe shoulder pain.
● Tendinitis: Tendinitis refers to inflammation of the tendons in your shoulder, typically a result of overuse. Activities or occupations involving frequent arm use are often the culprits behind such overuse injuries.
● Dislocation: A dislocation happens when a forceful impact drives the head of your humerus (the bone in your upper arm) out of its socket in your scapula (shoulder blade). It's not unusual for a rotator cuff tear to occur simultaneously.
● Frozen Shoulder: Also known as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder is a stiffness that arises when your arm isn't moved for a prolonged period, such as when you're required to wear a cast or sling.
What treatments are effective for shoulder pain?
The treatment required for your shoulder pain can vary depending on the underlying cause. For instance, a dislocation necessitates manual realignment to restore the arm bone to its socket, followed by physical therapy to enhance the strength of muscles and connective tissues.
Dr. Abraham is an expert in a treatment known as prolotherapy, which is a safe and effective method for addressing many causes of shoulder pain. Prolotherapy injections prompt the development of healthy new tissues by triggering your body's innate healing mechanisms.
Another variation of Prolotherapy, called Perineural Injection Therapy, functions by alleviating pain from peripheral nerves closer to your skin's surface and, in turn, fostering healing in the underlying tissues.
In addition to his extensive expertise in Prolotherapy for shoulder pain, Dr. Abraham is highly proficient in employing manual manipulation and massage therapies, including fascial deep tissue massage distortion and direct neural treatment.
He collaborates closely with top-tier physical therapists who employ specialized techniques to mitigate shoulder pain and fortify the joint. If your shoulder pain continues, steroid injections into the joint might be beneficial. These injections can effectively alleviate shoulder pain by curbing chronic inflammation.
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