Shoulder Pain: When to See a Doctor
By ROGER G POLLOCK, MD
May 07, 2020
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

If you are uncertain about what’s causing your shoulder pain and you find that it’s limiting your mobility and daily activities, you can consult with Dr. Roger Pollock's Bergen County-area office in Paramus, NJ, to find relief.

Why Do I Have Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain radiating from the joint itself typically worsens with movement or activities that involve the use of the shoulder or arm. However, a variety of conditions and diseases that impact your abdomen or chest regions could likewise cause shoulder pain. With this in mind, the most common shoulder pain causes include:

  • Broken arm or collarbone
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Bursitis
  • Avascular necrosis (tissue bone death due to restricted blood flow)
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Impingement
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sprains
  • Separated shoulder
  • Inflammatory joint diseases
  • Tendinitis
  • Torn cartilage
  • Ruptured tendon
  • Septic arthritis
  • Heart attack

At-Home Remedies for Shoulder Pain

For minor shoulder pain, you can try the following self-care practices to alleviate your symptoms:

  • Resting Your Shoulder: Refrain from using your shoulder in a manner that could worsen your pain.
  • Cold Therapy: Place an ice pack on the affected area no more than 20 minutes several times a day for relief.
  • OTC Pain Relievers: To ease pain, you can try OTC pain medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, or acetaminophen.

If these self-care measures don’t improve your symptoms after a day or two and/or if your shoulder pain comes with redness, warmth, swelling, or tenderness around the shoulder joint, consult your doctor in Bergen County, NJ.

When to Seek Emergency or Immediate Medical Help

Find someone to bring you to the emergency room or urgent care if the cause of your shoulder pain is an injury and it comes with sudden swelling, intense pain, a deformed joint, and/or if you can’t move your shoulder or arm.

Call for emergency help or 911 if you have shoulder pain and you have chest tightness or difficulty breathing since these could indicate a heart attack that requires medical help right away.

For Shoulder Pain Relief, We Can Help

Call (201) 612-9774 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Roger Pollock here in our Bergen County-area office.

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