Thursday, September 27, 2012

See a Shoulder Specialist If You Are in Pain

As much as you may not like the idea of having to receive medical attention for that odd ache or intermittent ability to move your shoulder, the sooner you go to a shoulder specialist, the better you will feel. It is only human nature to put of what may not seem to be a serious issue, however since you are not a doctor, you may inadvertently be causing more harm and damage than good. When it comes to your health, you can't afford to take chances. Minor aches and pain can be a sign of a much larger problem. If you have so much pain that it interferes with your ability to use your arms and to lift things, you have a much more serious problem than you originally assumed. Don't let your condition remain undiagnosed and untreated.
When you hear the term shoulder specialist, you may be quick to assume that you automatically have to get surgery. There is no reason for you to make that assumption. Surgery is something you won't really hear about unless it is absolutely necessary. Before this doctor discusses anything with you as far as treatments, they will need to learn more about your problem. Be honest about any pains, no matter how major or minor they are. If you have ever had trouble with mobility, let the specialist know. Keep in mind, what you may deem to be unrelated or unimportant, can actually provide the doctor with a ton of insight as to what is going on with your arm. Don't rush the doctor or brush off their questions or concerns. If they suggest tests, be glad. This means that before they may any treatment recommendations, they want to be sure they are getting to the root of the problem.
Your shoulder specialist will use the information you have given them along with the results from any tests that were performed to determine what treatment is going to give the most relief and mobility. In most cases, if your injury is not too extreme, you may have to undergo several sessions of physical therapy. During these sessions, you will be taught to do stretches and movements to reduce the strain that is being placed on the muscles that are contributing to your condition. This will help to improve your ability to move without any pain or discomfort. Your shoulder specialist will work in conjunction with your physical therapist so he can keep an eye on your progress.
If you are not making as much progress as is expected, your shoulder specialist may prescribe some medications as well. Sometimes it may be necessary for the use of steroids or some other medication to improve the condition of your arm and joints. Keep in mind that in the majority of cases, physical therapy and the use of medication is very effective when it comes to shoulder injuries. However, there are a small number of cases that re not as responsive to that kind of treatment and require surgery.

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