Suffering from shoulder pain? Contact us to learn about treatment options.
How Your Shoulder Works
Surrounding the shoulder joint is a group of four muscles that help to rotate the arm and provide additional stability. Together, these muscles form the rotator cuff. There are many other muscles that help move the shoulder, such as the pectoralis muscles (pecs) on the chest or the latissimus dorsi (lats) on the back. In order for the shoulder to function properly, the bones, joints and muscles must all work in unison.
Evaluating Shoulder Pain
Evaluation for shoulder pain starts with you giving us a history of your problem: when and how it started, how it currently feels, and which treatments you have tried so far. We also ask you about other medical conditions that may contribute to your shoulder pain. We do a physical exam to test the structures of your shoulder. We check your shoulder’s range of motion and strength and do special tests that can uncover specific problems.
Based on the findings of your physical exam, we may recommend a cortisone injection as both a clinical test and treatment for your pain. The numbing medicine mixed in the injection helps us determine the source of your pain, whereas the cortisone medication of the injection can provide pain relief. Sometimes we order tests such as x-rays or MRIs to visualize your bones and soft tissues. X-rays can show us things like fractures, spurs, and changes from arthritis. MRIs can show us more detail of the bones, as well as soft tissue damage like tears of the rotator cuff or labrum. In some cases, we need input from other specialists, particularly Neurologists – who can evaluate and test the nerve supply to the shoulder.
Whatever the cause of your shoulder pain, we are dedicated to helping you find the best treatment. Request an appointment today.
Causes of Shoulder Pain
- Bone Spurs
- Less common causes – infection, tumors, or nerve problems
Treating Shoulder Pain
Treatment of shoulder pain is very specific to the diagnosis and severity of your symptoms.