What causes constant shoulder pain?
First off, seniors don’t have to live with pain. There are ways to treat your symptoms. Shoulder injuries are common and typically result from overuse, improper training and repetitive arm motions. The pain is often while participating in sports or during everyday activities like lifting grocery bags, or putting dishes away.
Pain results from a swollen tendon most commonly localized to the front or side of the shoulder, and down the side of the upper arm.
When should you seek professional treatment?
Acute (temporary) injuries may last up to two weeks. You should stretch, ice the area for approximately 10 to 15 minutes, and if approved by your physician, take an over-the-counter, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medication. If your symptoms persist or worsen, seek professional advice from a qualified physical therapist who specializes in shoulder injuries.
It is important to receive a medical assessment to diagnose shoulder impingement conditions, such as severe tendinitis, calcific tendinitis, acromial bone spurs and adhesive capsulitis (aka frozen shoulder). Proper diagnosis is key to recovery.
Seek out a physical therapist who works extensively with seniors and who uses a “hands on” approach. He/she should manually treat all injuries, perform mobilizations to the muscles and joints, and build individualized strengthening exercises to achieve maximal results.
Free 15 minute injury screening and/or phone consultation:
Yoshimoto Physical Therapy (Honolulu)
600 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 208 at 525-5300
1029 Kapahulu Ave., Suite 401 at 218-7888