Our experts at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow understand the crucial role your shoulder plays in driving. We have helped many to diagnose and treat their injury.
If you are experiencing shoulder pain, especially while driving, having one of our physicians examine your shoulder would be beneficial. We have offices located in Atlanta and Marietta, Georgia.
You may be wondering, “What is shoulder pain from driving?”, “What are the causes of shoulder pain?” and “How is it treated?” You can find the answers to these questions and more below.
The pain that you are feeling may be resulting from a condition called shoulder impingement. When experiencing shoulder impingement, you may feel pain around your shoulder as you change the height of your arm by raising it up, above, or over your head. This radiating pain can make even the most simple tasks, such as driving, seem unbearable.
Shoulder impingement is very common, especially among those who play sports that are considered ‘high-risk’ for impingement, including tennis and swimming. However, shoulder impingement can also affect those who are between the ages of 40 and 65.
Knowing the symptoms of shoulder pain that can come from driving can be very beneficial in understanding this condition. These symptoms include:
A qualified physician can properly diagnose your shoulder pain from driving. The diagnosis may reveal that you are experiencing shoulder impingement.
To rule out any other possibilities, your physician will ask you to describe your symptoms and do a thorough evaluation of your shoulder. X-rays, an ultrasound, or an MRI may also be required to identify any structural changes within your shoulder.
Knowing the causes and risk factors that contribute to shoulder pain can help you avoid further damage.
At Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow, we offer many treatment options for the shoulder pain that results from driving. Depending on the severity of your pain, we will first use conservative treatment options to help alleviate your pain. These treatments include:
If you are still experiencing pain after trying these treatment options, further measures may need to be considered. Your specialist may recommend shoulder arthroscopy. This minimally-invasive procedure relieves pain and restores your range of motion. After surgery, physical therapy can also aid in your healing process.
Since driving is a significant part of life, the shoulder pain you are experiencing can make you heavily dependent on the assistance of others and reduce your independence.
Our skilled shoulder specialists at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow look forward to alleviating your pain so that you can return to doing things on your own. Schedule an appointment at our Atlanta or Marietta, GA offices today!
Bryan J. Sirmon, MD