Question:

I’m only 18 and I’ve had pain in both shoulders for over a year that never seems to heal. I also get pain and clicking in my elbows and wrists that seems to have gotten worse recently. I just want a diagnosis so I can help myself.

Answer:

I’m sorry to hear of your arm pain and I’m glad you reached out to us. Unfortunately, without doing an examination to better understand what’s contributing to your symptoms I’m not able to comment at length on your specific condition. However, we can discuss some general principles that may feel helpful to you.

Shoulder pain is a common occurrence that we as Physical Therapists see a lot of. The shoulder is a unique joint that has many different structures that contribute to both movement and potentially pain. Sometimes shoulder pain will decrease with rest, other times it may require targeted rehabilitation to get it to heal and/or function properly. Whenever we have dysfunction or pain at a major joint, it’s not uncommon to experience pain at nearby joints as well, especially when that pain persists for an extended period of time.

Considering that you’ve been having pain for over a year as of now I think that seeking out a Physical Therapist would be best. A Physical Therapist can accurately identify what’s contributing to your shoulder pain and accordingly progress you through a rehabilitation program. I recognize you were hoping for a diagnosis and to engage in some rehabilitation independently, but the structure and function of joints in the body are intricate and complex and determining what may be causing you pain will require a detailed examination that will hopefully provide clarity on what’s causing your arm pain and how to best proceed with rehab.


**This reply is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, physical therapist, or other qualified health provider with a medical condition.