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Shoulder Pain: Common Causes and Proven Solutions

Shoulder pain can be the result of a chronic illness such as arthritis or a sports-related injury. No matter what is causing your pain, there are treatment options available to help you restore normal movement and reduce your discomfort. Dr. Razzano works hand in hand with the staff of Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine to find positive solutions and effective treatment plans. If you live in the Dayton, Ohio area and would like to have your questions answered, Dr. Razzano encourages you to call and schedule a consultation.

What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis affects the tendons that allow the joint to function. When the tendons have been stressed or damaged in any way, they can become extremely inflamed and irritated. Tendonitis often occurs as the result of constant, repetitive movements of the joint, such as swinging a golf club or baseball bat.

If left untreated, the inflammation can cause unusual wear and tear on the ends of the bones within the joint. As the condition worsens, scar tissue can form, which limits your range of motion and flexibility. Treatment plans that include the use of anti-inflammatories and physical therapy can help reduce pain and discomfort as well as rebuild strength and improve range of motion.

When is surgery recommended?

Dr. Razzano only recommends surgery when the structural damage is so extensive that allowing the joint to heal naturally isn’t sufficient to restore proper form or function. In certain types of shoulder injuries, especially those that involve the rotator cuff, it’s difficult for the torn or stretched tendons and ligaments to heal correctly.

Dr. Razzano often considers joint replacement if the ends of the bones are damaged to the point at which they no longer move the way they’re supposed to. He can discuss your options with you and help to determine which course of treatment best suits your needs.

How is physical therapy beneficial for shoulder injuries?

The shoulder is one of the most used joints in the human body. After an injury, it can take much longer for a shoulder to heal, simply because of the stress that’s placed on it during the healing process. Regular physical therapy strengthens the muscles that move and support the joint. After a short period of restrictive movement, undergoing physical therapy will gently bring the joint back to its prior state through mild to moderate levels of exercise and stretches.

Physical therapy can help to prevent you from reinjuring the shoulder as well. After an injury, the shoulder can become stiff if it’s not used regularly. Physical therapy keeps freshly oxygenated blood circulating through the area, speeding up the healing process and reducing the amount of inflammation in the joint.

If you are experiencing shoulder pain, please contact Dr. Razzano in Dayton, OH to learn about treatment options and to set up an appointment.