Aches and pains aren't uncommon, resulting from everything from a rough and tumble game of football to carrying a heavy load. And while with ice, rest, and a pain reliever the discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days, persistent severe soreness and intensive pain may be cause for concern.
If shoulder pain is keeping you awake, preventing you from participating in your daily activities, or leaving you feeling miserable, let the specialists at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in St. Thomas and St. Croix help you find the source of your pain and a solution that puts you back in action. Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Ahmet Sayan are here for any questions you may have.
What are some causes of shoulder pain?
Shoulder pain can be the result of age, activity, injury, or health condition. Arthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis may leave you with shoulder pain. A fracture or stress to the shoulder muscle caused by athletic activity or manual labor can cause shoulder pain. A health condition such as nerve damage or even untreated infection is also possible sources of your shoulder pain. Make sure to let your provider In Saint Thomas and St. Croix know about any recent injuries, activities, or ailments you have experienced that could be related to your discomfort.
How is shoulder pain evaluated?
Locating the source, and identifying the severity of your shoulder pain will likely require a look at your medical history, including prior injuries or health conditions. Describing the pain to your provider will help assist them in understanding your shoulder pain, and you may need an x-ray, CT scan, or ultrasound to check for ligament, tendon or joint problems, or an injury not obvious from the exterior.
How will my shoulder pain be treated?
Depending on the intensity and cause of your shoulder pain, your St. Thomas and St. Croix provider may advise temporary lifestyle adjustments, such as rest, avoiding intensive activities, and limiting the lifting and carrying of weighty items. More intensive treatments include physical therapy, rehabilitation, or a prescription pain reliever. Surgery may be necessary if your shoulder pain is the result of a tear or dislocation.
Contact Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in St. Thomas by calling 340-714-2845, or reach our St. Croix office at 340-692-5000 if you are seeking help for shoulder pain.