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Wave Goodbye to Shoulder Pain

From waving to your friend to tossing a frisbee, your shoulder is designed so you can lift and move your arm in a wide range of directions. In fact, your shoulder is your body’s most flexible body part. Unfortunately, it’s also a common source of pain. 

Shoulder pain can affect every aspect of your life, from brushing your teeth to driving your car. 

At Back to Life Integrated Medicine, located in Lakewood, California, we know the difficulties that come with shoulder pain. But there’s no need to suffer when you have so many innovative treatments to alleviate your discomfort. 

Your complex shoulder

Though you may consider your shoulder a joint, it’s actually a complex system made up of several bones held in place by ligaments, tendons, and muscles that all come together to form what’s referred to as the shoulder girdle. The primary purpose of your shoulder is to provide the strength needed to move your arm. 

Your shoulder girdle is made up of your collar bone, shoulder blade, and upper arm bone. The ball of your upper arm bone fits into the socket of your shoulder blade and is held in place by your rotator cuff, which is made up of both tendons and muscles. 

Your collar bone, which connects your breastbone to your shoulder blade, keeps the top of your shoulder in place while allowing your shoulder blade to move.  

The cause of your shoulder pain

Though you can develop shoulder pain after a bad fall or from repetitive use, it’s not unusual for shoulder pain to occur from no known cause. Like other joints in your body, the many components that make up your shoulder degenerate over time, making them more vulnerable to damage and pain.

To develop the most effective treatment, we first need to identify the underlying cause of your shoulder pain. Common causes include:

Tendinitis

Your tendons connect muscle to bone. Overuse or general wear-and-tear may lead to tendinitis or inflammation of your tendon. Your rotator cuff and bicep tendons are most susceptible to tendinitis.

Bursitis

Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that provide a cushion in between the bones and soft tissue of your shoulder. Overuse of your shoulder may lead to inflammation of the bursae causing bursitis. 

Tendon tears

Tendon tears may develop from trauma or degeneration and might be a partial or complete tear.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a general term used to describe joint inflammation. Like other joints in your body, your shoulder is susceptible to arthritis, which may cause pain and limit mobility. 

Saying goodbye to shoulder pain

At Back to Life Integrated Medicine, we use advanced, state-of-the-art techniques and technology to support your body’s natural healing process to help you get relief from your shoulder pain. Some of the innovative treatments we offer include:

Compression therapy

For the treatment of bursitis, tendinitis, or any other repetitive shoulder injury, we offer compression therapy with FDA-approved MyAct® PiezoWave2. The therapeutic tool uses soundwaves to break up scar tissue, improve circulation, and accelerate healing.   

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) 

PRP is a blood product sourced from a sample of your own blood that contains a high concentration of platelets. The platelets in your blood contain the growth factors your body uses to heal injuries and damaged tissue. 

When injected directly into your shoulder by one of our medical experts, the healing properties in the PRP accelerate the repair process to alleviate your shoulder pain and restore function. 

Regenerative medicine

We also offer regenerative medicine to support your body’s natural healing process. For our regenerative medicine, we use mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cords donated by prescreened mothers after the birth of their healthy full-term baby.

Injuries, overuse, and general wear-and-tear are all potential causes of shoulder pain. Let us help you wave goodbye to your shoulder pain. Contact us today by calling the office or booking online.

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