Shoulder Pain Specialist

Active Health

Dr. Michael Orefice

Acupuncture & Chiropractic Physician & Sports Medicine located in Milford, CT

Your shoulder is made up of three different bones and surrounding tissues, and when one or more of them is injured or overused, you may feel debilitating pain and loss of movement. Dr. Michael Orefice of Active Health in Milford, Connecticut provides the relief you’re looking for with a combination of chiropractic care, acupuncture, and other hands-on treatments. If you’re suffering from acute or chronic shoulder pain, learn how Dr. Mike can help you get long-term relief so that you can get back to a better quality of life. Call or schedule a consultation using the online system.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Many adults experience shoulder pain, a common condition caused by any number of problems. Pain in your shoulder also doesn’t always mean that that’s where the pain originates.

In many cases, shoulder pain comes from the muscles, ligaments, and tendons surrounding your shoulder joint. Some of the most common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis or tear
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Cervical spine (neck) problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Shoulder instability

Additionally, if you experience trauma, accident, or a sports injury, your should could hurt because it’s dislocated or broken, or as a result of a fractured collarbone. If you think that's the case, seek immediate medical attention to prevent serious complications down the road.

How is chronic shoulder pain treated?

Treatment for your chronic shoulder pain depends primarily on the underlying causes.

Once Dr. Mike determines what’s causing your shoulder to hurt or your loss of mobility, he prescribes a combination of chiropractic adjustments and exercises. These therapies may also include Active Release Techniques and Graston Technique Therapy.

As part of your treatment plan, Dr. Mike may also recommend electrical stimulation. This type of therapy uses an electrical current to make a muscle or group of muscles contract. This helps to strengthen the muscles and promote blood flow to the affected area to assist in the healing process.

Another treatment method Dr. Mike may use to treat your shoulder pain is therapeutic ultrasound. This method uses high-frequency sound waves to penetrate the area of injury to help heal soft tissues like muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Dr. Mike takes an individualized, natural approach to treating shoulder pain and explains your options, so you know what to expect. He may also recommend physical exercises for you to do at home to complement your in-office treatments.

How can I prevent shoulder pain?

One of the best ways to prevent chronic shoulder pain is to maintain proper posture at work or when you’re sitting down.

Making sure your computer, desk chair, and arms are at a comfortable working position can also help prevent aches and pains in your shoulder, neck, and arms. Additionally, getting enough physical exercise can help relieve tension in your shoulders and other muscles as well.

If you have shoulder pain as a result of an injury or chronic pain, call or schedule an appointment online.