Pain anywhere in your body is uncomfortable and distressing, but joint pain is especially frustrating because it limits your ability to move. Walking, carrying things, and even typing on a computer can be limited by shoulder pain.
You want to feel better again so you can get on with your life and do the things you need and want to do. Advanced Spine and Pain has six offices to serve you, located in the Arlington, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland regions. Our team of highly skilled and experienced doctors provides you with a variety of cutting-edge pain management services.
What causes shoulder pain?
Shoulder pain is a common ailment. It is estimated that 18-26% of adults have shoulder pain at any moment. Many different possible causes of shoulder pain include a number of injuries and conditions, such as:
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Impingement syndrome
- Broken arm or shoulder
- Bone spurs
- Pinched nerve in shoulder or neck
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Shoulder dislocation
The only way you can be sure of the exact cause of your shoulder pain is to get examined by a doctor.
How is shoulder pain treated?
The treatment for shoulder pain will depend on exactly what is causing the pain in the first place. Your doctor will thoroughly examine you and order diagnostic testing, if necessary, in order to provide you with an accurate diagnosis.
A number of medications can reduce or eliminate your shoulder pain. These can address the inflammation that is causing the pain. Steroid injections are another option that allow the medication to be delivered exactly where you need it to provide quick and lasting relief.
Physical therapy can help you heal from injuries without the risk of re-injuring yourself. Physical therapists develop treatment plans to strengthen your body to reduce pain and allow you to regain your lost ability to move fully.
Stem cell therapy
Stem cell therapy is a revolutionary type of treatment that uses special cells from your own body to help you heal. To complete this treatment, your doctor removes a sample of blood from your body and isolates the stem cells, which can turn into any other type of cell in your body. Then your doctor re-injects these into your body where they are needed.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is another treatment type that uses a sample of blood from your body, from which your doctor removes the platelets, which are special healing cells. Your doctor then concentrates these platelets in the liquid part of your blood called plasma and re-injects them. These platelets travel to the site of injury and jump start the healing process.
If you have experienced severe joint damage or deterioration, surgery might be the best option to repair your joint and allow you to get better. After surgery, physical therapy can help support your healing safely and quickly.
Shoulder pain is a common ailment that can severely impact your quality of life and ability to do those things you need to do. There are a number of treatment options that relieve your pain and allow you to heal and get back to your life.
If you are looking for relief from shoulder pain, call Advanced Spine and Pain, and set up an appointment today, or use our online booking system.