Ask Dr. Van Thiel: When Should I See a Doctor For Shoulder Pain?

There are multiple causes for shoulder pain, such as strain and repetitive use of the joint. In this video, Dr. Van Thiel provides guidance to help you know when it’s the right time to see a doctor for shoulder pain:

When Should I See a Doctor For Shoulder Pain Treatment?

Before deciding to see a doctor for shoulder pain, try a few types of exercises Dr. Van Thiel recommends, which may help the pain:

  • Upward arm reach exercise
  • Swinging the arm in a circular motion
  • Shoulder blade stretch
  • Squeeze and Release

If There’s Sudden Weakness in the Joint

The first sign you should see a doctor for shoulder pain is if there is sudden weakness in the joint. This indicates that there may be an injury that needs to be evaluated by a physician.

If Shoulder Pain Lasts Longer than 4 Weeks

If you experience pain in the shoulder for longer than four weeks, this is another sign it’s time to see a doctor for next steps in treatment.

What Type of Doctor Should I See for Shoulder Pain?

It is best to see an orthopedic physician for shoulder pain, like Dr. Van Thiel, who specializes in orthopedic injuries such as shoulder, hip and knee pain.

What Can I Do to Treat Shoulder Pain?

If there’s soreness in the shoulder, first rest it for a few days and try to limit reaching and lifting things. You can also apply ice to the shoulder 3-4 times per day to try and reduce inflammation.

Read these articles about minor shoulder pain and exercises for shoulder pain for more information and guidance from Dr. Van Thiel.

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Get in Touch to Schedule a Consultation for Shoulder Pain Treatment

If it’s time for you to see a doctor for shoulder pain treatment, contact Dr. Van Thiel’s office at (779) 774-1110 today.

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