How Acousana Therapy Alleviates Shoulder Pain
According to researchers, 70% of the general population experiences shoulder pain at some point in their life. Undeniably, shoulder pain can make it difficult to perform even the simplest of tasks. Reaching for items on high shelves becomes tricky. The pain might even wake you up in the middle of the night.
So, what can you do about it? In this article, we’re going to explore why shoulder pain happens and how Acousana therapy and our pain pro specialists at One Wellness can help. Let’s dive in!
What is Causing Your Shoulder Pain?
The shoulder joint is known as a ball-and-socket joint. The round end of the humerus (the upper arm bone) moves and sits in the shoulder blade (also known as the scapula). This allows you to move your shoulder in various directions. In fact, the shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body.
While the muscles, ligaments, and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint offer some support and stabilization, the wide range of motion of the shoulder makes it very susceptible to injury.
As your local Utah pain specialists, One Wellness has helped various individuals overcome their shoulder pain and injuries. The first step in helping you alleviate your pain is determining the cause of it. Some of the most common causes of shoulder pain include:
1. Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
Your rotator cuff muscles provide stability to the shoulder and also allow you to move it in certain directions. These muscles include the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus, teres minor, and the subscapularis.
However, overuse, or repetitive use, of the shoulder joint can quickly cause inflammation and irritation of the rotator cuff tendons. Tendons attach your muscle to bone, helping you move your body. When these tissues become aggravated, tendonitis occurs, causing pain.
2. Impingement Syndrome
Impingement syndrome occurs when the rotator cuff tendons become pinched or trapped in between the bones of the shoulder (often in what is known as the subacromial space). This can quickly result in pain and inflammation. When you move your shoulder, such as reaching above your head, you will likely notice pain caused by these pinched tendons.
3. Muscle Strain
There are around 20 muscles that support the shoulder joint and its movements. Thus, injury to any of these muscles can result in shoulder pain. A muscle strain is the same as a “pulled muscle.” This means your muscle is pulled past its usual limits (or placed under various strains or stressors, such as sitting with poor posture). Again, this results in shoulder pain.
The shoulder is home to six bursae. Bursa is fluid-filled sacs that prevent friction between bones and other structures. Yet, overuse or repetitive movements can irritate these sacs, resulting in inflammation and discomfort.
5. Frozen Shoulder
A frozen shoulder is exactly what the title says. It literally means your shoulder is frozen in place, limiting your shoulder range of motion and flexibility. This frequently occurs after an injury that didn’t heal properly.
If your shoulder is pulled out of place, you can experience a dislocated shoulder. This means your upper arm bone has come out of the shoulder socket. In severe cases, there will be noticeable deformity. This type of injury further requires immediate medical attention.
If you recently experienced a fall or trauma to the shoulder, you could have a shoulder fracture. The most common part of the shoulder to break is the collarbone or upper arm bone. If you suspect a broken shoulder, again, it’s important to seek out immediate medical attention.
What Is Acousana Therapy? How Can It Help?
Acousana therapy uses acoustic waves to stimulate your body’s natural healing mechanisms. In other words, despite no further injury occurring, your body reacts as though damage has recently happened.
Using all-natural patented acoustic SoftWave® technology, Acousana therapy increases blood flow, reduces inflammation, and helps heal previously damaged tissues. This doesn’t just treat the symptoms but addresses the root cause of your pain, guiding you back toward your normal.
For chronic and acute shoulder pain, Acousana therapy typically takes about six sessions to see long term results. More sessions may be required for a chronic condition or if your injury or pain is associated with arthritis or neuropathy. Acousana therapy can also help with healing post-surgery.
Other Shoulder Pain Tips and Tricks
So, what else can you do to alleviate your shoulder pain and get back to the activities you know and love?
From our experts at our pain clinic in Utah, here are a few tips:
- Ice or heat your shoulder for 15 minutes at a time for pain relief throughout your day.
- Avoid fully mobilizing the shoulder for long durations (this can actually lead to a frozen shoulder).
- Perform pain-free stretches and strengthening exercises to promote increased flexibility and strength.
- When performing stretches, only stretch to the point before pain.
- Change your sleeping position to avoid aggravating your affected shoulder.
- Once your pain has subsided, continue to stretch and strengthen your shoulder joints to avoid a recurring injury.
If you’re on the hunt for a specialist in pain care to help alleviate your shoulder pain in Utah, the One Wellness team is here for you. Our team aims to help with pain management in Utah, without the use of drugs, surgery, or other invasive procedures.
We consider Acousana therapy the way of the future. Along with Acousana therapy, we offer advice on how to care for your injury and support healing in the best way possible. If you’re ready to experience the incredible benefits of Acousana therapy and finally start achieving results, book your appointment today.
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