Shoulder Pain

Spine & Sports Medical Group

Spine & Sports Medicine & Regenerative Medicine located in Campbell, CA

You may not think about the hundreds of tasks your shoulders support each day until an issue arises, after which you may think of little else. At Spine & Sports Medical Group in Campbell, California, you have access to a team of highly-skilled physiatry and sports medicine specialists with the experience and training needed to diagnose and resolve all types of shoulder pain. Reach out today to book your visit online or by phone.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Your shoulder is comprised of a number of different joints and the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues that support those joints. When something goes wrong with any of those components, shoulder pain can occur. 

Mild pain can be more of an annoyance than an impediment to daily routines. Moderate to severe pain interferes with the course of a normal day and requires treatment. 

Some conditions that can cause shoulder pain include:

  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Impingement
  • Instability
  • Muscle tears
  • Tendon tears
  • Fracture
  • Arthritis

The first step in treating shoulder pain is a thorough diagnostic exam to determine the source of your discomfort. 

What tools are used to diagnose shoulder pain?

The process begins with a discussion about your pain. Be prepared to share details about when you notice pain, the severity, and duration of discomfort, and what actions improve or worsen the pain. You will also discuss your personal health history and any medications or supplements you are currently taking.  

Your practitioner performs a physical exam to look for abnormalities like redness, swelling, joint deformity, or muscle weakness. Communicate your pain level and other sensations during this portion of the exam. 

Additional testing may be needed to learn more about what’s happening within your shoulder joint. Some options include:

  • X-rays
  • MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging
  • Ultrasound
  • CT, or computed tomography scan
  • Arthrogram
  • Arthroscopy
  • Electrical studies

The results of these diagnostic efforts will shape your treatment plan. 

What can be done to treat shoulder pain? 

The team at Spine & Sports Medical Group believes in finding the best possible treatment path for each individual in their care. Customized treatment plans focus on your current joint condition, your overall health, and your treatment goals. 

In some cases, a course of physical therapy can help strengthen and support your joint. Drug therapy can help reduce inflammation or block pain signals between the body and brain. At times, surgical repair is the best way to resolve tissue damage and eliminate pain. 

Arthroscopy is the preferred approach when possible. Arthroscopic procedures require only a few small incisions and results in less bleeding, lower risks, and faster recovery as compared to traditional open surgeries. 

During arthroscopic procedures, a thin surgical tube equipped with a camera and light is guided to the site of joint damage. Slim surgical instruments repair damage and remove tissues. This is a great approach for rotator cuff repair, impingement syndrome, and shoulder instability. Full and partial shoulder replacements are also available. 

To learn more about diagnostic and treatment tools for shoulder pain, call or book a consultation online today.