Shoulder Pain

Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine

Pain Medicine located in Glen Rock, NJ

Shoulder pain can make even the simplest tasks, such as reaching overhead to grab something from your kitchen cupboard or raising your arms to style your hair, seem like a near-impossible challenge. At Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine in Glen Rock, New Jersey, pain medicine physicians, Kevin McElroy, DO, and Steven Ferrer, MD, offer proven-successful treatment options for shoulder pain. For quality, compassionate medical treatment to alleviate your shoulder pain, book online or call Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Irritation or injury to the shoulder joint or any of the surrounding muscles, ligaments, or tendons can cause shoulder pain. Shoulder pain typically stems from overuse, strains, accidents, or sports injuries.

Various diseases and medical conditions can cause shoulder pain, including:

  • Broken collarbone
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Sprains
  • Tendon ruptures
  • Heart disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Broken arm
  • Bursitis
  • Torn cartilage

Shoulder pain is often associated with inflammatory and arthritic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

What methods can treat shoulder pain?

You can avoid using your shoulder in ways that cause additional or worse pain and take over-the-counter pain-relievers. Every 15-20 minutes, you can also apply an ice pack to the painful area.

If your shoulder pain isn’t resolving with simple methods at home and persists for more than two or three days, you should visit Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine for an effective, professional treatment option.

When should I get medical treatment for my shoulder pain?

You should visit Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine if you experience:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness or warmth around the joint

If your pain is negatively affecting your day-to-day activities and quality of life or impairing your physical functioning, you should schedule a personal consultation at Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine.

Your doctor can diagnose your shoulder pain with a thorough physical examination and tests, such as an X-ray, to properly identify the cause of your pain and any other problems with your shoulder.

The Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine providers offer nonsurgical and non-pharmaceutical treatment options to reduce inflammation, speed up your body’s natural healing process, and relieve shoulder pain, including:

  • Physical therapy and rehabilitative exercises
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Athletic taping
  • Hot or cold therapy
  • Steroid injections and other joint injections
  • Regenerative medicine, such as stem cell therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Acupuncture and electroacupuncture
  • Botox® injections
  • Osteopathic manipulation treatment (OMT)
  • Limited use of medications when necessary, such as muscle relaxants

You deserve optimal physical functioning and pain-free control of your shoulder muscles, tendons, and joints. Call Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine today or use the online scheduling tool.