Chronic shoulder pain treatment options may include:
- Heat or ice treatment
- Pain relievers
- Anti-inflammatory medicines or injections
Speak with a shoulder pain doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Bruising or swelling around shoulder joint
- Intense pain
- Lasting pain
- Loss of movement
- Numb or weak arms or hands
- Pain in the shoulder during rest or sleep
- Sudden swelling
To diagnose shoulder pain, a doctor for shoulder pain will examine medical history and ask questions to determine the cause and source of your pain. The shoulder pain doctor will look for any abnormalities such as swelling, weakness, limited range of motion, or deformities, and they’ll likely use imaging tests to get a clearer understanding of the cause of your pain.
- Computed tomography (CT scan)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Medical history review
- Physical examination
Types of shoulder pain include:
- Sprain (separated shoulder, grades 1 – 6)
- Strain (stretching of muscle or tendon in shoulder)
- Tears (injury to soft tissues of tendons, muscles, or labrum)
Causes & contributing factors may include:
- Frozen shoulder
- Heart attack
- Referred pain (pain from nearby injuries or conditions)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Torn cartilage
- Torn rotator cuff
- Torn rotator cuffs are the most common reasons for people seeing shoulder pain doctors.
- Over 50,000 shoulder replacements surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year.
- The shoulder joint allows more range of motion than any other joint in the body.