Is your shoulder pain making it difficult for you to perform your daily activities? Are you looking to avoid surgery if possible? Have you heard of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), the all-natural alternative to pain relief?
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Shoulder injuries are caused due to the over usage or repetitive motion of the arms and are common in athletes participating in sports or can be work related. Other causes are listed below.
In addition to pain, you may experience stiffness, restricted movements, difficulty in performing routine activities, and popping sensation.
The cause of your shoulder pain is diagnosed by conducting a thorough medical and physical examination. Specific tests such as X-rays, CT and MRI scans, electromyography (to tests nerve function) and arthroscopy (shoulder joint is viewed with a camera inserted through a small incision) may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis.
Early treatment is necessary to prevent serious shoulder injuries. The immediate mode of treatment recommended for shoulder injuries is R.I.C.E.:
Anti-inflammatory medications may also be prescribed to help reduce the swelling and pain for the first couple days. Following the first few days after an acute injury, Tylenol is a better pain medication so the body has the chance to start healing itself. Anti-inflammatories block the healing cascade the body naturally produces.
Certain exercises may be recommended to strengthen shoulder muscles and regain shoulder movement based on the type and severity of injury.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is a natural method of treating pain, which can be employed along with usual treatment methods to accelerate recovery of shoulder pain.
Prolotherapy and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) are also options to consider in certain situations.
Surgery may be recommended when conservative treatments do not work, if there are full-thickness tears, or certain fractures/dislocations are present. OMT can also be used as an adjunct to accelerate the healing process post-operatively.
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