Shoulder/Knee/Foot Pain Specialist

Synergy Medical

Integrated Physical Medicine Practice in Marysville, OH serving Central Ohio

When you experience shoulder, knee, or foot pain, it’s most likely debilitating and affecting your quality of life. At Synergy Medical, LLC, Drs. Cooper can diagnose your pain and offer a broad range of treatment options. Book a consultation to see how chiropractic care and other therapies can help.

Shoulder/Knee/Foot Pain Q & A

What can cause shoulder pain?

The shoulder is made up of several joints that combine with muscles and tendons. Many issues can cause shoulder pain, including:

  • Bursitis
    • Inflammation and swelling of the small, fluid-filled sacs located in your shoulder joint, caused by repetitive, minor impacts or from a sudden injury.
  • Tendinitis
    • Wearing down of the tendons in your rotator cuff (shoulder joint) or bicep, often occurring slowly over time.
  • Tendon Tears
    • Partial or completely split tendons resulting from sudden injury or changes in the tendons due to advanced age.
  • Dislocation or Instability
    • When the head of the upper arm bone comes out of the shoulder socket, causing too much range of motion. Dislocations can be partial or complete.
  • Arthritis
    • Swelling, pain, and stiffness causing restriction of motion.
  • Fractures
    • Often the result of a fall involving the collarbone, upper arm bone, or scapula. 

Shoulder pain can also be caused by an issue in another part of the body, such as the neck. Shoulder pain that comes from the joint itself usually worsens with activity and movement of the arm or shoulder. On the other hand, referred shoulder pain, pain that arises from another part of your body, usually doesn’t get worse when you move your shoulder. 

When should I see a professional about my shoulder pain?

If your shoulder pain is accompanied by chest pain, nausea, or shortness of breath, you should call emergency services immediately.

If your shoulder is:

  • very painful
  • looks deformed
  • unable to move around normally
  • numb or tingly

Then you should call your doctor. Even if your pain is less severe but is affecting your range of motion or daily activities, it’s a good idea to book a consultation at Synergy Medical LLC. Drs. Cooper will find out exactly where the pain is coming from, so you can begin a treatment plan that works for you.

How is shoulder pain treated?

While you can use ibuprofen to reduce inflammation and treat shoulder pain at home, it’s not a long-term solution. Pain meds only treat the symptom, not the cause. At Synergy Medical LLC, you’ll receive expert diagnosis and a variety of treatment options that might include:

  • Shoulder adjustments
  • Postural corrections
  • Rehabilitative exercises

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 90% of patients who experience shoulder pain respond to simple treatments such as changes to their activities, resting, exercising, and medication. Call Synergy Medical LLC today to learn more about shoulder pain diagnosis and treatment.

When do I need to see a doctor for my knee pain?

Because the knee is a weight-bearing joint and absorbs shock and compression with every step, it is critical to get treatment as early as possible. The longer the pain goes uncorrected, the more permanent damage possible. Call our Synergy Medical LLC staff today and get an appointment scheduled if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Popping, grinding or creaking sounds
  • Redness or swelling
  • Difficulty straightening or bending the leg
  • Weakness of the muscles of the leg
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the knee

Why is Rehabilitation Important for Knee Injuries?

Proper rehab is essential for a full recovery. Whether you have chronic knee pain, a new injury or even knee surgery, our rehabilitation goal is to strengthen the muscles of the knee. This will provide you the most stability for the long term, and position you to avoid new injuries as well as recurring knee problems.

How Do Corticosteroid Injections work for knee pain?

Corticosteroid injections are a very common treatment for knee conditions, both acute and chronic. They reduce knee pain by diminishing the bodies natural inflammatory process. While these injections won’t provide permanent relief, or correct the underlying problem which is creating the inflammatory response, they do provide relief from a few weeks to several months. Without any corrective action, it's likely that the pain will return as the knee is still vulnerable to injury.

This is why we prefer an alternative to steroids known as hyaluronic acid injections. This is a thick substance that lubricates the joint providing improved mobility and decreased pain.

Will I need knee surgery?

It's possible, but as technology advances, there are increasingly new conservative treatment options available now more than ever. If our providers need more information after performing a detailed orthopedic examination, we can take x-rays on-site and/or even order an MRI to see the internal soft tissues of the knee. After our providers collaborate on your case, we will determine if you are a good candidate for Regenerative Amniotic Allograft Injection (aka stem cell therapy) and rehabilitation. If we feel that you aren’t a good candidate for the conservative treatment options that we offer, we will make the appropriate referral.