The majority of shoulder pain issues stem from the shoulder’s many ligaments, cartilage, tendons, and muscles surrounding the joint. Shoulder injuries can happen to anyone, but they’re most commonly seen in athletes and manual workers because of the repetitive motions associated with sports and manual labor. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, it could be a few different things. We’ll go over a few of the most common shoulder injuries and the symptoms associated with them. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you could benefit from scheduling an appointment with Dr. Nelson. Dr. Nelson specializes in shoulder injuries and can recommend a treatment plan that will help you to recover quickly.

  • Rotator cuff tears: These injuries are very common. Each year, nearly 2 million people in the United States see a doctor with injuries related to the rotator cuff. A torn rotator cuff weakens your shoulder. This makes it difficult to perform daily activities such as brushing your hair, getting dressed, or picking things up. The symptoms of rotator cuff tears include pain in the affected shoulder while laying down on it, pain when lifting or lowering your arm, or weakness when lifting or rotating your arm.
  • Shoulder impingement: This occurs when there is impingement of tendons or bursa in the shoulder from bones in the shoulder. Symptoms of shoulder impingement include difficulty reaching up behind the back, and the overhead use of the arm, along with weakness in the shoulder.
  • Dislocated shoulder: The body’s most mobile joint in the body is the shoulder, which leaves it susceptible to dislocation. The symptoms of a dislocated shoulder include weakness, numbness, or tingling near the injury. Other symptoms also include the inability to move the joint and intense pain.
  • Shoulder osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis that happens by the cartilage of a joint wearing down over time. This is usually aggravated by activity and the primary symptom is pain. There is usually a limited range of motion and painful grinding or clicking.

What to Do if You’re Experiencing Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can stem from numerous different things, which is why it’s important to reach out to an experienced doctor for medical attention. Dr. Nelson can help diagnose and treat the shoulder pain you’re experiencing. He will go over your treatment options and recommend the best treatment plan, based on your injury and situation. You can trust Dr. Nelson to be a dedicated part of your team on the road to recovery.

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Nelson, give us a call at 435-774-8511.