Shoulder Pain Specialist Questions and Answers
Modern Pain Management provides treatment for shoulder pain. Visit us if you are experiencing shoulder pain. We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Houston TX, Stafford TX, Sugar Land TX, Pearland TX, Missouri City TX, Jersey Village TX, and Richmond TX.
The shoulders are complex joints composed of many muscles, tendons and ligaments. There are two main joints in the shoulder: the acromioclavicular joint and the glenohumeral joint. Both of these joints enable the shoulders to move in many different directions. Because the shoulders are such complex structures, they can be subjected to various types of pain that can affect any aspect of the shoulders. Fortunately, there are several different treatments that can safely and effectively reduce shoulder pain, and in some cases, completely ameliorate it altogether.
Why does my shoulder hurt so bad?
One of the most common causes of shoulder pain involves the rotator cuffs, when its tendons become trapped under the bony area in the shoulder. The tendons become inflamed or damaged. This condition is called rotator cuff tendinitis or bursitis, and makes up a large portion of shoulder pain cases.
Shoulder pain may also be caused by:
- Arthritis in the shoulder joint
- Bone spurs in the shoulder area
- Broken shoulder bone
- Dislocation of the shoulder
- Shoulder separation
- Frozen shoulder, which occurs when the soft tissues inside the shoulder become stiff, making movement difficult and even painful
- Overuse or injury of nearby tendons
- Tears of the rotator cuff tendons
- Poor shoulder posture and mechanics
What are the signs of arthritis in the shoulder?
The symptoms of shoulder arthritis varies from person to person and may include:
- Pain— The major sign of arthritis in the shoulder joint is pain. It can be present in any area of the shoulder, including the front, side or back of the shoulder. Some people have pain only when using the muscles in their shoulder, while others have pain even when they are not using their shoulder muscles.
- Stiffness— Another sign of the progression of shoulder arthritis is stiffness. This may be experienced as a loss of range of motion in the shoulder joint. As the motion decreases, it may be harder to perform activities with the arm, which may be limited due to pain.
- Grinding— A clicking or cracking sound, also known as crepitus, may be experienced because the surface of the cartilage is irregular with arthritis. It may or may not be painful. Sometimes the shoulder may “lock up.” Occasionally, because the surfaces are no longer smooth, the shoulder may slide in certain positions.
How do I get my shoulder to stop hurting?
To relieve shoulder pain:
- Ice the shoulder area for 15 minutes at a time, then leave it off for another 15 minutes. This can be repeated 3 to 4 times a day for a few days. Wrap the ice in cloth. Do not put ice directly on the skin as this can result in frostbitten skin.
- Rest the shoulder joint for the next few days
- Slowly return to regular activities
- Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help reduce inflammation and pain, if recommended by a doctor
Do you have a shoulder pain specialist at Modern Pain Management?
Yes, we do! Our shoulder pain specialist is experienced at evaluating, diagnosing, and treating shoulder pain from a wide range of causes. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, visit our pain management clinic today.
At Modern Pain Management, we are dedicated to helping patients manage and overcome their pain using a variety of different treatment options. We have two Texas locations to better serve you: one in Houston and one in Sugar Land. Residents in Houston, TX can call us to book an appointment, or they can visit our clinic located at 902 Frostwood Dr #235, Houston, TX 77024. Residents of Sugar Land, TX can call us to book an appointment, or they can visit our clinic at 12930 Dairy Ashford Rd #501-504, Sugar Land, TX 77478. We look forward to serving you!