Why You Shouldn't Self-Diagnose Your Shoulder Pain

Why You Shouldn't Self-Diagnose Your Shoulder Pain

Life can be full of aches and pains, and we spend a lot of time ignoring these issues, hoping they will eventually go away on their own. While this approach can work a lot of the time, we certainly don’t recommend it for major joints like your shoulders.

Given how much you rely on the use of your arms, shoulder pain can cast a wider net than you might imagine, making everyday activities a little more challenging and uncomfortable. If you’re struggling with shoulder pain and want to get back to an easier and pain-free existence, we suggest you come see the experienced team here at Advanced Spine Care and Pain Management.

To underscore our point, we review a few reasons why you shouldn’t ignore or self-diagnose shoulder pain.

Possible culprits behind your shoulder pain

Your shoulder joints are inherently unstable because they feature shallow sockets. This lack of depth in the sockets is what allows the incredibly wide range of motion that your arms enjoy. From scratching your own back to reaching up high for something, you can thank your shallow sockets for these everyday motions.

Unfortunately, this wide range of motion comes at a cost, as it leaves your shoulders more vulnerable to injuries, such as:

Given the sheer number of possibilities, it makes good sense to have us identify what you’re up against so you can get on the right road to recovery.

Different types of shoulder pain

You’re reading this because you're experiencing shoulder pain, and the characteristics of this pain can tell us a lot.

For example, rotator cuff tears — which send nearly 2 million Americans to seek medical help each year — come with some unique and identifiable signs, such as:


These symptoms are quite different from shoulder bursitis, which often comes with inflammation, swelling, and sharp pains with certain motions.

Our point here is that it’s important to see specialists like us because we understand the nuances in the symptoms, which guide us toward the correct diagnosis.

You want relief from your shoulder pain

This point might be an obvious one, but one of the main reasons why you should seek our help when you have shoulder pain is to get much-needed relief.

How we go about treating shoulder impingement versus a rotator cuff injury is very different, so to give you fast relief from your shoulder pain, we get you on the right track from the start. If you self-diagnose your shoulder pain, you might spin your wheels in the wrong direction and spend more time than you should in discomfort.

Some shoulder injuries won’t heal on their own

Finally, we want to note that some shoulder injuries won’t go away without treatment and often get worse. For example, complete tears in your rotator cuff won’t heal on their own. Or, a problem with instability or impingement will often only get worse the longer it goes untreated.

So, if you want good use of your shoulder down the road, it’s a good idea to come see us. 

For expert diagnosis and treatment of your shoulder pain, please contact one of our offices in Staten Island or Hartsdale, New York, to schedule a consultation.

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