If your shoulder is stiff, aching, or in pain constantly, you’re not alone. Shoulder pain is the third most common reason why people seek help from orthopedic specialists—and you should too!
The team of expert physical therapists at Momentum Physical Therapy, here in the Sawtelle area of Los Angeles, California, are ready to assist you on the road to pain-free living. We want to help you figure out the cause of your shoulder pain and develop a personalized treatment plan to resolve the issue.
Osteoarthritis and rotator cuff injuries and tears are the most common causes of shoulder pain, but at times aging or bad posture alone can pose issues. The good news is that there are many ways you can find relief, regardless of the cause of your discomfort.
To help you out, we asked our team to share some prevention tips and treatment options available for shoulder pain.
Sleeping on the same side where you experience shoulder pain may worsen your symptoms. If you don't feel comfortable sleeping on your back, try propping your arm up with a soft pillow.
The type of mattress you use can also contribute to shoulder pain. Firm mattresses can cause irritation and compression in shoulders for side sleepers.
Both sides of the extreme, training too much or not training the muscles around your shoulders enough, can be detrimental to your mobility and joint health.
Overtraining can come in the form of repetitive movements, such as those that occur in a physically intensive job like construction work or painting. However, a sedentary lifestyle is equally detrimental to your shoulder health because weak muscles can increase the risk of painful injuries such as shoulder dislocations.
The fix? Combine light muscle strengthening exercises (aquatic exercises are great for this) with plenty of rest in between. Once your shoulder muscles get stronger, you can intensify your workout by increasing weights or resistance—but don’t overdo it. You don’t want to exercise the same muscle group two days in a row.
Studies show that heat can relieve tension in the muscles, increase blood flow, and help to alleviate pain.
You can apply heat by using a hot water bottle, a heated pad, or a heated gel pack. Just make sure you don’t apply anything hot directly on your skin.
The first step in putting together the right treatment plan is finding out what’s causing your shoulder pain and the discomfort in the first place.
Our team at Momentum Physical Therapy uses orthopedic evaluation to assess strength, balance, and functional deficits. We may also ask you about your medical history, including any sports you’ve played and injuries you’ve suffered in the past.
Every patient’s treatment plan is personalized, based on the cause and the main complaints you have regarding your shoulders. Our physical therapy specialists may recommend the following:
So if you’re experiencing shoulder pain, you don’t have to suffer any longer. Contact our Los Angeles, California, office by calling or scheduling an appointment online to begin your healing journey today.