Millions of Americans deal with rotator cuff problems. If you are an athlete, then you may find yourself dealing with shoulder or arm pain at some point. Those who perform repetitive overhead movements are also more likely to face shoulder problems. Fortunately, an osteopath can help you figure out what’s going on and provide you with drug-free, conservative and non-surgical solutions.
What’s Causing Your Pain?
First thing’s first, our osteopathic team needs to figure out what’s causing your arm or shoulder pain. This will require a thorough physical examination as well as going through your medical history.
We will also ask you questions about your symptoms as well as any accidents or injuries you may have had that could have contributed to your pain. Imaging tests may also be required to determine whether there is damage to tissue or bone.
An osteopath is able to treat,
- Strains and sprains
- Rotator cuff tears
- Frozen shoulder
- AC joint injuries
- Tendon impingement
- Soft tissue injuries
- Shoulder instability
Why Should You Turn to an Osteopath?
Shoulder and arm problems are often rather complex and can take time to properly treat. An osteopath can take the time to fully understand the cause of your shoulder or arm pain, while also providing a diagnosis and extensive treatment plan that’s based on your age, condition, current health status and fitness level. Some of the treatment options we provide include,
- Specific and individualized exercises that are made to fit you and the issues you are dealing with
- Recommendations on lifestyle adjustments, as well as ergonomic changes and activity modifications
- Mobility exercises
- Joint mobilization and spinal manipulation
- Massage therapy
An osteopath is different from a regular physician who may just prescribe medication for the pain or recommend one-size-fits-most exercises, which often aren’t effective. Instead, an osteopath will treat the person as a whole. Oftentimes pain can radiate to other areas of the body, and dysfunction in the arms or shoulder can lead to problems elsewhere. The good news is that we can tackle all of these issues and provide you with a comprehensive but realistic treatment plan to handle both your acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
If you are dealing with shoulder or arm pain an osteopath could provide you with the care you need to make a full recovery. Call an osteopath today to schedule a consultation.