If you are experiencing shoulder pain, you understand the severe limitations this type of pain can place on your daily activities. When you are experiencing pain by just moving your arm or lifting a small object, daily tasks like driving and household chores can become very difficult. For many people, the cause of shoulder pain is not related to injury, but rather is a result of the natural aging process that can cause deterioration in the shoulder joint. This is commonly referred to as “wear and tear.”
For patients who are suffering from chronic shoulder pain due to wear and tear, there are treatment options available to help you restore your shoulder mobility and your quality of life. Our team of expert physical therapists at Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in New Jersey specializes in creating personalized treatment plans for patients with shoulder pain to help restore their quality of life. Take a moment to read more about how shoulder pain can develop and what treatment options may be available to you.
How does shoulder pain develop from natural deterioration?
The shoulder is a complex joint that is lined with thick cartilage to help pad the joint as it moves and prevent it from grinding against the nearby bones. Over time, and with constant movement, the thick cartilage around the shoulder joint can begin to wear down, leaving the shoulder joint vulnerable to press against the nearby bone and cause inflammation. This inflammation can press into a nearby nerve, which results in the chronic shoulder pain many people experience.
Other common factors that can cause chronic shoulder pain include:
- Thinning of the protective cartilage due to the natural dehydration that occurs with aging
- Small tears in the ligaments around the shoulder due to repetitive overhead movements and lifting
- Osteoarthritis in the joints
Previous injuries may increase the risk of developing chronic shoulder pain due to wear and tear later in life. If you are experiencing shoulder pain due to the natural deterioration of the shoulder joint, there are treatment options available for you.
How to treat chronic shoulder pain caused by wear and tear
If you are experiencing chronic shoulder pain, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine the best route of treatment for pain relief. Many people benefit from a personalized treatment regimen of physical therapy, stretching and water therapy, which involves monitored movements and exercises in a pool to help rebuild the muscles around the shoulder without the risk of injury.
For patients in the Woodbridge, Union and Edison areas of New Jersey, our team of physical therapists at Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation is ready to help you take back your life from chronic shoulder pain. Contact us today or schedule an appointment online, and take the next step toward achieving pain relief.