If it often feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, you’re not alone!
Shoulder pain is a very common complaint for a lot of very good reasons. If you think about how unique the design of the shoulder is, actually having the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body, you’ll realize that all that freedom of movement often comes at a price.
At the Magaziner Center, we have great success helping to relieve chronic shoulder pain. Our patients are as diverse as professional athletes, weekend warriors and seniors suffering from arthritis. Below are three of the most common reasons patients with shoulder problems come to see us.
- Labral tears: The labrum is a soft, fibrous tissue that surrounds the socket of the joint in the shoulder, which helps to stabilize the joint. The labrum can become injured from repetitive shoulder motions, falling onto an outstretched arm or a direct blow to the shoulder. Symptoms can include weakness or instability of the shoulder, a popping or clicking sensation during movement, pain when the arm is lifted above the head or an aching of the shoulder.
- Rotator-cuff injuries: This collection of muscles and tendons that surround the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder, provides stability and rotation. Rotator-cuff injuries are quite common and can be caused by repetitive motion or acute trauma to the area. Symptoms include weakness in the shoulder and oftentimes pain that can make simple activities such as combing your hair incredibly difficult.
- Bicep tendonitis: This condition is an inflammation of the tendon that attaches the bicep muscle to the shoulder. It’s typically the result of overuse from repeated overhead motions or an injury to the tendon itself. Tennis anyone? Symptoms include irritation, swelling, weakness in the arm and pain that’s made worse when the arm is raised above the head.
How they treat it
Conventional practitioners typically start patients on NSAIDs or other anti-inflammatories as a first course of action. These medications, such as Advil, Motrin or acetaminophen, while easy to buy, are often the cause of other serious conditions down the road such as liver and kidney failure, stomach ulcers or GI bleeding and even heart damage.
How we treat it
The treatments we use include prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma, cellular regenerative therapies, and osteopathic manipulative therapy with the goal of accelerating and enhancing the body’s natural healing process. Many patients have come to us after having been through years of unsuccessful, mainstream medical treatments, and have finally found the lasting relief they’re seeking at the Magaziner Center, with none of the side effects that prescription-based medicine often produces.