Shoulder Pain

Apex Integrated Medical Center

Physical Medicine Specialists & Regenerative Medicine Specialists located in West Loop, Chicago, IL

As the most mobile and flexible joints in your body, your shoulders are vulnerable to a multitude of problems that cause pain. The skilled team at Apex Integrated Medical Center in West Loop of Chicago provides multidisciplinary treatments for shoulder pain, including chiropractic care. If shoulder pain is interfering with your daily life, call or book an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is shoulder pain?

The shoulder is a complex joint that allows you to perform a wide range of motions, from stretching overhead to scratching your back.

Your shoulder contains three bones: the upper arm bone (humerus), collarbone (clavicle), and the shoulder blade (scapula). Cartilage cushions these bones while numerous ligaments, tendons, and muscles work together to stabilize your shoulder and perform movements.

Shoulder pain can result from damage to any one of these important structures. Pain may come on suddenly, like after a fall or car accident, or it may develop slowly over time. Shoulder pain may be constant, or it may only occur with certain movements.

Symptoms that may occur along with shoulder pain include:

  • Reduced range of motion
  • Redness and swelling
  • Pain that radiates into the arm or neck

You may also notice a popping or clicking sensation when you raise your arms overhead or to the side.

What causes shoulder pain?

There are many possible causes of shoulder pain, ranging from sudden (acute) injuries to long-term medical conditions, like arthritis. The team at Apex Integrated Medical Center treats patients with a variety of conditions that cause shoulder pain, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Biceps tendon tears at the shoulder
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Shoulder dislocations and instability

Many of these conditions develop gradually and worsen over time. It’s important to seek treatment for shoulder pain as soon as possible to ensure optimal recovery.

How is shoulder pain treated?

First, your provider at Apex Integrated Medical Center thoroughly reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam. They may also take tests, like an X-ray or blood test.

Then, they develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Depending on the underlying cause of your shoulder pain, treatment may include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Physical therapy

The team at Apex Integrated Medical Center offers holistic and multidisciplinary care that focuses on you as a whole person, not just your symptoms. They spend time getting to know the physical, emotional, and social factors that contribute to your overall health and well-being.

For a compassionate and comprehensive treatment of shoulder pain, call Apex Integrated Medical Center or book an appointment online today.