When You Should Be Concerned About Shoulder Pain?
By ROGER G POLLOCK, MD
November 18, 2021
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Find out the common causes of shoulder pain and when to see a specialist.

Our shoulders are surprisingly delicate, mostly because they are the most mobile joint in the body. While this means that shoulders have a very large range of motion it also places the shoulder at an increased risk for injury. If you are dealing with shoulder pain, you may be wondering whether it’s time to turn to our Paramus, NJ, orthopedic shoulder specialist, Dr. Roger Pollock, for care.

What causes shoulder pain?

The rotator cuff tendon is often to blame for shoulder pain. Tendinitis or bursitis of the rotator cuff is common; however, these aren’t the only causes for shoulder pain. Other causes include:

  • Shoulder separation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Dislocation
  • Broken bone
  • Bone spurs
  • Arthritis
  • Overuse injuries
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Poor posture

When should I seek medical attention for my shoulder pain?

Here at our Paramus, NJ, practice, we take shoulder pain seriously, especially if this is something that you’ve been dealing with for a while. It’s important that you don’t ignore your shoulder pain, as problems can often get worse if left untreated. While shoulder pain along with chest pain and difficulty breathing could signal a heart attack, which requires immediate medical attention, you should turn to our shoulder specialist for an immediate evaluation if:

  • You have persistent swelling and pain
  • You notice heat, redness, or tenderness around a joint
  • Your symptoms persist for weeks despite rest and home care
  • You also develop a fever along with shoulder pain
  • You have limited range of motion or mobility
  • You experience weakness, numbness, or tingling in the shoulder

If you are unable to move the shoulder or you notice a sudden deformity it’s important that you call us immediately.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Our shoulder specialist Dr. Pollock will create a treatment plan based on your symptoms and their cause. Sometimes simple lifestyle changes and home care is all that’s needed for minor issues such as overuse injuries or poor posture. These measures include:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Improving ergonomics at the office or your workspace to improve posture
  • Performing exercises to retrain and strengthen the muscles
  • Icing the shoulder 2-3 times a day for up to 20 minutes at a time
  • Resting the shoulder as much as possible
  • Avoiding physical activities or heavy lifting

If your shoulder pain is due to a more severe condition or injury, our specialist will discuss other ways to treat your shoulder pain and other symptoms. These other treatment options may include:

  • Physical therapy and rehab
  • Therapeutic exercises to improve mobility and circulation
  • Steroid injections
  • Immobilization
  • Surgery

If you are dealing with shoulder pain and would like answers regarding your treatment options, our Bergen County and Paramus, NJ, orthopedic shoulder specialist, Dr. Pollock, is here to answer your questions and provide you with the individualized care you’re looking for. To schedule an appointment, call (201) 612-9774 today.

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