Shoulder pain often comes with mobility problems that prevent you from using your arm properly, limiting your ability to carry out everyday activities. If shoulder pain is interfering with your life, the interventional pain management specialists at Southwest Pain Management in Irving, Texas, can restore you to health. They have considerable experience helping patients who have shoulder pain, so give the clinic a call today or book an appointment online.
Your shoulder is capable of a wide range of movements, but the structures in the joint that enable those movements are also vulnerable to damage from injuries and the effects of wear and tear, resulting in shoulder pain.
The shoulder joint consists of two large bones; the humerus, or upper arm bone, and the scapula, or shoulder blade. The top of the humerus has a ball-shaped end that fits into the socket of the scapula.
Helping to hold the joint in place is a complex network of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Damage to any of these tissues can result in shoulder pain.
Shoulder pain is often due to tenderness or tears of the rotator cuff tendons. The rotator cuff is the main part of the network of soft tissues that help stabilize the shoulder joint and allow you to move your arms in a circular motion.
Another common problem is bursitis, where the bursa or fluid sac in your upper shoulder becomes inflamed after a period of physical activity in which you have to repeatedly raise and lower your arms.
Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendons, the structures that connect muscles to bones.
Tearing of the rotator cuff tendons can be partial or complete. It is usually the result of repetitive strain, sports injury, or trauma. In complete tears, the ligament may no longer be attached to the bone. The labrum, a soft cup-shaped gasket that reinforces the ball and socket joint of the shoulder, can also tear.
Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that commonly affects older people, is the most common cause of chronic shoulder pain. It develops when the ends of the bones in the joint lose their protective covering of cartilage, enabling them to rub together. This causes inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joint.
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Treatment for shoulder pain depends on the cause. The team at Southwest Pain Management can often help your body heal minor tears by itself using regenerative therapies such as stem cell injections and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy.
Tendon injuries respond well to injections using prolotherapy at the tendon insertion point. Steroid injections into the bursa can also reduce the inflammation and irritation typical of bursitis. osteoarthritis of the shoulder can also be treated with steroid injections into the joint.
We use state-of-the-art ultrasound guidance and fluoroscopy technology to help deliver therapeutic injections to precisely the right tissue for optimum effectiveness.
Whatever the reason for your shoulder pain, you can find relief at Southwest Pain Management. Call today or book an appointment online.