Chronic or recurrent shoulder pain is often the result of aggravation of the shoulder stabilizing muscles. In many cases, this involves a group of muscles known as the rotator cuff. These muscles may be injured in traumatic events or as a result of chronic overuse and repetitive movements.
Initial steps in management start with a trial of nonsurgical treatments. These modalities emphasize over-the-counter medications when needed, avoiding aggravating activities, and performing appropriate exercises that help the shoulder return to a better functional status. Commonly, a physical therapist can help with the proper exercises. If these treatments fail to provide the needed relief, further evaluation may be required. Occasionally, more invasive options such as injections or surgery to repair the damaged tissue are needed.
If you are experiencing new-onset or chronic shoulder pain, consider scheduling an appointment with the team at New Braunfels Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine to help you get on the road to recovery.