At the Maryland Center For Arthritis And Regenerative Care, we offer the most effective and minimally invasive treatments to help you feel and function at your best. Our experienced team will help develop a plan of care to offer you relief from shoulder pain resulting from various conditions, including rotator cuff tears, arthritis, frozen shoulder, tendonitis, bursitis, and inflammation.
As the most mobile joint in the body, your shoulder joint facilitates a wide range of arm movements while supporting demanding actions like lifting, pulling, and pushing. Although quite strong, it is still susceptible to overuse, repetitive strain, and injury. Shoulder bursitis and shoulder tendonitis are two common conditions that can cause pain, inflammation, and a limited range of motion.
Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of issues, each with its own set of causes and symptoms. Common causes of shoulder pain include injuries such as rotator cuff tears, shoulder impingement, and shoulder dislocation. Overuse, poor posture, and age-related wear and tear can also contribute to shoulder pain conditions like frozen shoulder, arthritis, and tendonitis. Symptoms of shoulder pain often include pain or discomfort in the shoulder joint, limited range of motion, weakness, and swelling. It is important to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment for shoulder pain, as the underlying cause can vary greatly.
Diagnosing shoulder pain involves a comprehensive evaluation by a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause of the discomfort. The diagnostic process typically begins with a thorough medical history discussion and physical examination. During the examination, the healthcare provider will assess the range of motion, strength, and stability of the shoulder joint. They may also perform specific tests and maneuvers to provoke symptoms and assess the integrity of structures such as the rotator cuff and labrum. Imaging studies, such as X-rays, MRI scans, or ultrasound, may be ordered to provide a more detailed view of the shoulder joint and surrounding structures. In some cases, diagnostic injections or arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure using a small camera, may be used to visualize the inside of the joint. The combination of these assessments helps the healthcare professional make an accurate diagnosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan tailored to the specific cause of the shoulder pain.
Treating shoulder pain aims to alleviate discomfort, improve function, and address the underlying cause of the condition. The specific treatment approach depends on the diagnosed condition and may involve a combination of non-surgical and surgical interventions. Non-surgical treatments often include rest, activity modification, physical therapy, and targeted exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint. Pain relief may be achieved through the use of over-the-counter or prescription medications, as well as corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation. Additionally, alternative therapies such as acupuncture or chiropractic care may provide relief for some individuals. In cases where conservative measures are ineffective or the condition is severe, surgical intervention may be necessary. Surgical options can range from minimally invasive procedures, such as arthroscopy, to more extensive repairs, such as rotator cuff or labral repairs. The choice of treatment is individualized based on the specific needs and goals of the patient, with the ultimate aim of reducing pain, restoring shoulder function, and improving the individual's quality of life. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most suitable treatment plan for shoulder pain.
At the Maryland Center For Arthritis and Regenerative Care, our goal is to provide you maximum relief with non-invasive or minimally-invasive forms of treatment. Our providers will develop a plan of care striving toward that goal, but will be able to identify when surgery, as a last resort, is unavoidable. Throughout the process, we will provide the necessary education and guidance so that you fully understand your condition, our process, and how best to achieve the pain relief you deserve.