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Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain Services located in Atlanta, GA

Shoulder injuries and diseases affect arm and hand movements, which can be painful and disabling. If you suffer from shoulder pain, visit Kevin McCowan, MD, and Carisa Hines, MD, at Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. They’re pain management experts who specialize in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions. Call the office today or schedule a consultation online to discover what’s causing your shoulder pain and how to relieve it.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

Why am I suffering from shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain has many causes. If you fracture or dislocate the joint, you’ll experience sudden, severe pain and loss of function. The joint will probably appear abnormally shaped too. A severe strain or sprain can also cause instant pain and reduced function.

You might injure the joint playing sports, in a fall, or during an auto accident. This could damage the rotator cuff, a network of muscles and tendons that allows you to move your arm in a wide arc. The articular cartilage covering your bones and the labral cartilage lining the socket in your shoulder blade could also tear.

Shoulders are prone to overuse injuries. These develop more slowly, caused by repeated movements that overstress the tissues and create inflammation. Tendinitis and bursitis are common examples. Nerve compression in the shoulder, neck, and arm can also be a problem.

Chronic (long-term) shoulder pain is most likely to be arthritis. Of the many kinds, osteoarthritis is the most common. It results from years of joint wear-and-tear that makes the bones rough and inflames the joint. Not using the joint can lead to adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), most often if your arm is in a sling or cast for a long time.

When should I see a doctor about shoulder pain?

You should get immediate medical attention if you experience severe shoulder pain or sudden swelling, can’t move your arm, or have a visible abnormality.

Less severe shoulder injuries can heal well after a few days of rest and avoiding painful activities. If your shoulder pain persists or gets worse despite self-treatment, there’s redness or swelling, and you have difficulties working or doing everyday activities, visit Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute.

The experienced doctors complete a thorough exam, review your symptoms and check your medical history. They might also order diagnostic imaging like X-rays to examine the internal structures.

How is shoulder pain treated?

After determining its cause, Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute creates a personalized shoulder pain treatment for you. Depending on what’s causing the pain, your treatment can include:

  • Immobilization using a sling or cast
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription pain drugs
  • Steroid injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

Biologic treatments like PRP use naturally occurring human cells. In a concentrated form, these cells considerably boost your body’s healing abilities.

Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today or book an appointment online for prompt, effective shoulder pain treatment.