Shoulder pain isn’t something to just shrug off. When your shoulder, an incredibly mobile joint, hurts, your daily tasks — like putting away groceries, getting dressed, and brushing your hair — become difficult. At Health East Medical Alliance, the pain management team diagnoses and treats shoulder pain and can help return your range of motion. Call one of the convenient offices in Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, Schuylerville in the Bronx, Morris Heights in the Bronx, and in Staten Island, New York, and in Freehold, Englewood, and West New York, New Jersey, for an appointment or use the convenient online booking tool today.
Minor shoulder pain that goes away within a few days is probably nothing to worry about. But when shoulder pain starts to interfere with your daily activity and sleep, it’s of concern.
The following symptoms are signs that your shoulder pain could be a serious concern:
You might notice that your shoulder is in pain all the time, or it could show up only during certain activities. It’s important to seek care soon after you notice the pain, though. Early treatment offers you the best chance of recovery and prevents complications.
Your shoulder is an incredibly mobile joint, an asset to your daily function and playing sports, but it can make it vulnerable to injury.
Shoulder pain can result from several problems, including a minor strain or sprain. More worrisome causes of shoulder pain include:
Shoulder pain can also be a side effect of a pinched nerve or herniated disc in your cervical spine (the neck).
The Health East Medical Alliance doctors do a thorough physical exam and review your health history to narrow down the possible reasons for your shoulder pain. The shoulder is made up of many parts, so your doctor considers all the possible causes of your pain, including soft tissue, muscle, bone, and spinal problems.
You’ll likely undergo imaging procedures, like X-rays and an MRI, to look at the structure of the joint and identify possible injuries. A thorough evaluation is essential in getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment.
In many cases, non-invasive treatments like over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers, rest, and physical therapy help your shoulder heal. Ongoing pain might respond to corticosteroid injections, which reduce inflammation, improve mobility, and promote healing.
If your shoulder pain is caused by a problem in the vertebrae or discs in your neck, facet joint injections or other spinal treatments could help. Surgery could be needed in the case of a complete tendon tear at the rotator cuff, a complex fracture, or severe arthritic degeneration.
Don’t suffer through shoulder pain, hoping it will just go away. Seek treatment from the dedicated team of pain management specialists at Health East Medical Alliance. Call the nearest office today or use the online tool to set up an appointment.