Shoulder Pain

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Southwest Pain Management

Pain and Sports Management Physicians & Pain Management located in Irving, TX

Shoulder pain often comes with mobility problems that prevent you from using your arm properly, limiting your ability to carry out everyday activities. If shoulder pain is interfering with your life, the interventional pain management specialists at Southwest Pain Management in Irving, Texas, can restore you to health. They have considerable experience helping patients who have shoulder pain, so give the clinic a call today or book an appointment online.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is shoulder pain?

Your shoulder is capable of a wide range of movements, but the structures in the joint that enable those movements are also vulnerable to damage from injuries and the effects of wear and tear, resulting in shoulder pain.

The shoulder joint consists of two large bones; the humerus, or upper arm bone, and the scapula, or shoulder blade. The top of the humerus has a ball-shaped end that fits into the socket of the scapula. 

Helping to hold the joint in place is a complex network of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Damage to any of these tissues can result in shoulder pain.

What conditions cause shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is often due to tenderness or soreness of the rotator cuff tendons. The rotator cuff is the main part of the network of soft tissues that help stabilize the shoulder joint and allow you to move your arms in a circular motion. 

Another common problem is bursitis, where the bursa or fluid sac in your upper shoulder becomes inflamed after a period of physical activity in which you have to repeatedly raise and lower your arms.

Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons, the structures that connect muscles to bones. Tendons can also tear, as can ligaments. 

Tearing may be microscopic, usually the result of repetitive strain or the tissue may tear completely so the muscle or ligament is no longer attached. 

Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that commonly affects older people, is the most common cause of chronic shoulder pain. 

It develops when the ends of the bones in the joint lose their protective covering of cartilage, enabling them to rub together. This causes inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joint.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Treatment for shoulder pain depends on the cause. The team at Southwest Pain Management can often help your body heal minor tears by itself using regenerative therapies such as stem cell injections and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy.

Tendon injuries respond well to injections using prolotherapy or steroids at the tendon insertion point. Steroid injections into the bursa can also reduce the inflammation and irritation typical of bursitis. 

Your provider has access to state-of-the-art ultrasound guidance technology to help deliver therapeutic injections to precisely the right tissue for optimum effectiveness.

Whatever the reason for your shoulder pain, you can find relief at Southwest Pain Management. Call today or book an appointment online.