Find out why your shoulder may be bugging you and what you can do about it.
From chronic musculoskeletal disorders to sports-related injuries, there are many scenarios that could end up seriously impacting the health of your shoulder. If you’ve been noticing pain, stiffness, weakness, or limited range of motion in your shoulder, then it might be time to turn to our Virgin Islands orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Chase, to find out what’s going on!
What’s causing my shoulder pain?
There are many conditions, injuries, and illnesses that can affect your shoulder. Some common injuries include,
- Fractured bone
- Rotator cuff tear
- Joint tears in the shoulder
- Frozen shoulder (the result of scar tissue or adhesions)
You may also experience persistent shoulder pain due to certain conditions such as,
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Referred pain (problems with other organs can lead to shoulder pain)
How do I know that I have a shoulder injury?
Here are some of the warning signs that you may be dealing with a shoulder injury,
- Sudden pain or stiffness that makes normal shoulder movement difficult
- Feeling as if the shoulder may pop or fall out of its socket
- Sudden weakness that makes it difficult to complete normal tasks
While some shoulders can be treated with simple at-home care like rest and ice, if you find that your symptoms are severe or not responding to at-home care, then it’s time to turn to our orthopedist in the Virgin Islands for an evaluation. You should visit us right away if,
- The pain is severe
- You can’t use your shoulder
- You experience sudden swelling
- You experience weakness or numbness in the arm or hand
- There is a visible deformity in the shoulder
When it comes to treating your shoulder symptoms, we will first need to figure out what is going on. Dislocations, fractures, and separations will often need to be put back in place with the help of your doctor. Then you’ll wear a sling to help stabilize the shoulder and arm.
Most patients will heal within a few weeks with the proper rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers. However, if symptoms are severe and/or not improving, your doctor will discuss other treatment options such as steroid injections, which can temporarily alleviate severe pain and swelling. Physical therapy and certain stretching/strengthening exercises can rehab the shoulder and improve functionality and range of motion.
Severe tears that don’t heal properly may require surgery in order to repair the torn ligament/muscle/tendon. This is something our orthopedic surgeon can discuss with you during your evaluation.
Give us a call!
Don’t let shoulder pain affect your life. If you want to find out what’s going on and how to treat it, call Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists today. With offices in St. Thomas and St. Croix, we make it easy for our patients to get the orthopedic care they deserve!
Find out how we can help you on your road to recovery after a musculoskeletal injury.
If you are dealing with an injury that has affected the soft tissue, joints, muscles or bones then you could benefit from turning to our medical team here in Saint Thomas and Christiansted, Virgin Islands. Our orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Chase can provide on-site orthopedic physical therapy to reduce pain and discomfort while also improving function, movement and flexibility.
Physical therapy is designed to help treat your musculoskeletal condition, no matter whether it affects the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints or bones. Common injuries that could benefit from turning to our orthopedic specialist Dr. Chase include:
- Strains and sprains
- Overuse injuries
- Sports-related injuries
- Car accidents injuries (e.g. whiplash)
If you are experiencing pain, limited range of motion, stiffness or weakness as a result of your orthopedic injury then the experts at Virgin Island Orthopedics and Medical Specialists can create the ideal rehabilitation program to meet your needs, reduce your symptoms and promote faster healing.
If you’ve recently undergone orthopedic surgery then our medical team may recommend going through physical therapy and post-operative rehab to help you get back to your normal activities and daily routine quicker. Just about any condition or injury that impacts how one or more parts of the musculoskeletal system function can benefit greatly from physical therapy.
There are different modes of physical therapy and we can discuss which ones are right for you based the type and severity of your condition. Common physical therapy modalities include:
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Soft tissue manipulation and massage
- Assistive devices (e.g. cane; crutches)
During physical therapy, we will also provide you with a series of exercises that can help facilitate faster healing while also improving mobility and function. Orthopedic physical therapy focuses on a wide range of different exercises such as balance, stretching, endurance and plyometrics. We can also show you different exercises that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine from the comfort of your own home.
If you are dealing with the aftermath of an injury and you want to turn to physical therapy in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands to get you back on track then it’s time to call Virgin Island Orthopedics and Medical Specialists. We have offices in Saint Thomas and Christiansted to serve you better.
Find out how our orthopedic team here in St. Thomas and St. Croix can help you.
There are many reasons why someone might experience shoulder pain, from arthritis to a torn rotator cuff. It’s important to know when your shoulder pain may warrant visiting our orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Chase for treatment. The most common types of shoulder injuries include:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Dislocated shoulder
- Frozen shoulder
- Torn labrum
If you are dealing with any of the issues above then you may want to talk to us about whether you could benefit from our advanced arthroscopic shoulder treatment.
Overuse, repeated stress, aging and injury can all lead to shoulder problems in patients of all ages. Luckily, our orthopedic specialist in St. Thomas and St. Croix, Dr. Chase specializes in advanced arthroscopic shoulder treatment. A shoulder arthroscopy is designed to both determine the cause of your pain and alleviate your discomfort.
Common reasons to get arthroscopic shoulder treatment is to:
- Repair a torn or damaged rotator cuff
- Remove a bone spur
- Repair or remove a torn or damaged labrum
- Repair ligaments
- Remove inflamed tissue
- Repair a dislocated shoulder
We can also remove cysts, and release pinched or trapped nerves through a simple arthroscopy. Arthroscopic treatment is far less invasive and requires a smaller incision than traditional surgery, which also means fewer post-surgical side effects and a faster healing process.
What should you expect from the recovery process?
Even though the healing process will be faster and easier than with traditional surgery you will still need to take a couple of weeks off to allow your shoulder to fully heal. We can provide you with pain relievers that can reduce pain, swelling and discomfort after your surgery. We may also prescribe physical therapy and rehabilitation to help your shoulder regain strength, mobility and function after surgery.
Virgin Island Orthopedics and Medical Specialists in St. Thomas and St. Croix, is here to help get your shoulder pain under control. Call our office today to find out more about the orthopedic services we offer.
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