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Shoulder Pain Specialist in The Woodlands and Houston

Shoulder pain can afflict people at any age. It may be caused by an injury, such as after falling or while playing sports, or occurs because of arthritis. If you currently have shoulder pain, it can prevent you from doing your job or getting the most out of school. Shoulder pain also keeps you from doing normal tasks, such as maintaining your home, preparing meals, or following your exercise routine. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our expert Shoulder Pain Specialist in The Woodlands and Houston and take the first step towards a pain-free life.

Houston Spine and Rehabilitation Centers take pride in being a multidisciplinary practice, assisting local patients in the greater Houston area and Woodlands region. We’re the choice of patients who require non-surgical options when it comes to shoulder pain treatment.

Causes of Shoulder Pain

Before you make an appointment to see your shoulder pain doctor, you may want to double-check what the most common causes are for this condition, as well as the symptoms.

Conditions that can lead to shoulder pain and limitations in movement:

Male athlete stretching his shoulder while running due to shoulder pain.
  • A sprain occurs when the ligaments in the shoulder are stretched or torn. This can cause pain and limitations in movement due to the instability of the joint.
  • Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation in the joints, including the shoulder joint. This can lead to pain, stiffness, and limitations in movement.
  • Torn cartilage: The cartilage in the shoulder joint can become torn due to overuse, trauma, or age-related wear and tear. This can cause pain and limitations in movement due to the decreased stability of the joint.
  • Injured rotator cuff: A rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. Injury to the rotator cuff can cause pain and limitations in movement, particularly with overhead activities.
  • Broken arm: A broken arm can cause shoulder pain and limitations in movement due to the immobilization required for healing.
  • Tendinitis occurs when the tendons in the shoulder become inflamed, leading to pain and limitations in movement.
  • Frozen shoulder is a condition where the shoulder joint becomes stiff and painful, making movement difficult.
  • Bursitis is a condition where the bursae (small fluid-filled sacs) in the shoulder become inflamed, causing pain and limitations in movement.
  • A shoulder dislocation occurs when the upper arm bone pops out of the shoulder blade. This can cause pain and limitations in movement due to the instability of the joint.

Symptoms of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can manifest in a variety of ways and can greatly impact daily activities and quality of life. Common symptoms of shoulder pain include:

  • Pain: Shoulder pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp, shooting pain.
  • Stiffness in the shoulder can make it difficult to move the arm and perform daily activities.
  • Weakness in the shoulder can make it difficult to lift objects or perform activities that require the use of the arm.
  • Limited range of motion can make it difficult to perform activities such as reaching, lifting, or throwing.
  • Bruising may occur in cases of trauma or injury.
  • Numbness or tingling sensations may be present if there is nerve involvement in the shoulder.
  • Clicking or popping sounds or sensations may be present during certain movements.
  • Weakness in the arm may be present in cases of severe injury or nerve involvement.

These symptoms can affect daily activities and overall quality of life by limiting mobility and causing pain and discomfort. For example, shoulder pain can make it difficult to perform household chores, exercise, or even get dressed.

Additionally, chronic shoulder pain can have a negative impact on mental health, causing stress and anxiety due to the limitations it imposes on daily life. It is important to seek medical attention if you are experiencing persistent shoulder pain or limitations in movement to prevent further complications and improve your quality of life.

Treatment Options for Shoulder Pain

Each patient has a unique situation, so there is no single cookie-cutter method for alleviating shoulder pain.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractor giving shoulder pain therapy to female patient.

Chiropractors can treat shoulder pain with targeted massage therapy, which reduces inflammation, allowing the body to heal itself faster and more effectively. The chiropractor will check your current range of motion, and then give you some individualized exercises to stretch and boost flexibility. Our chiropractors also utilize Cold Laser Therapy to help the healing process for any injuries to ligaments or tendons within the shoulder. 

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists have a variety of tools to assist in shoulder pain treatment, including the application of ice or heat, taping up the injured area, and using special, gentle stretching techniques. They also help immobilize and strengthen the shoulder joint to aid in healing. One of the most effective methods that Physical therapists use to treat shoulder pain is the use of Dry Needling. 

Pain management

Pain management physicians may recommend rehabilitation and physical therapy treatments, which sometimes take place while the patient is standing in a pool, for ease of motion. The physicians specializing in managing pain also will rely on pain relief medications, which require a prescription. Sometimes anti-inflammatory drugs are included to address chronic shoulder pain.

Why Choose Houston Spine and Rehabilitation?

Houston Spine & Rehabilitation team of doctors

Our goal is to serve as an advocate for our patients, recognizing each of them as unique individuals who deserve a customized treatment plan. 

We’re not just chiropractors. The staff at Houston Spine and Rehabilitation has a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging center, where we process X-rays and other scans to gain more insight into our patients’ conditions. 

Our experts in physical therapy and our pain management physicians will diagnose your shoulder pain problem and then deliver the therapeutic solution that will work best for you.

Relief From Your Preferred Shoulder Pain Doctor in The Woodlands and Houston Is Just a Quick Phone Call Away

For those who prefer non-surgical methods for shoulder pain treatment, our team has a range of modalities to create the perfect plan to heal you and reduce discomfort. From chiropractic treatment to pain management and physical therapy, we offer a comprehensive approach to shoulder pain you’ll want to experience yourself.

To book an appointment with your preferred shoulder pain specialist in the Woodlands and greater Houston area, please contact Houston Spine and Rehabilitation today.

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