Don't Start the New Year With Shoulder Pain: We Can Help
Approximately 67% of Americans develop shoulder pain at some point. That's because the highly mobile nature of the shoulder joint leaves it vulnerable to injury. But, even though shoulder pain is common, we also have good news.
We can treat most types of shoulder pain with conservative or minimally invasive therapies, so you can find relief from your discomfort and restore joint function without the need for surgery.
Our talented team at Valley Neurology and Pain relies on safe, minimally invasive, and effective procedures to treat people with even the most complex and disabling pain conditions. Don't start the new year with shoulder pain. Our integrated interventional procedures and regenerative therapies can provide effective, long-term relief.
Treating pain at the source
Our team understands that pain is only a symptom — it isn't a condition itself. For example, common causes of shoulder pain include:
- Repetitive stress or overuse injuries
- Ligament, muscle, or tendon strains
- Nerve impingements in the upper back or neck
- Capsulitis (sometimes called "frozen shoulder")
- Traumatic injury from car accidents, falling, or playing sports
So, to determine the best treatment strategy, we have to identify the underlying cause of your symptoms.
Reaching a diagnosis
When it comes to shoulder pain, we can often diagnose the source of your discomfort by performing a physical evaluation. Depending on your assessment, we may recommend additional diagnostic imaging.
Finding relief for shoulder pain
Based on your diagnosis, we may recommend a specific therapy or a combination of therapies to ensure the best results. Sometimes, the best approach for shoulder pain involves rest, a sling or shoulder immobilizer, or physical therapy.
At other times, your shoulder condition may benefit from manipulation under anesthesia, interventional injections, or regenerative therapies, such as platelet-rich plasma therapy or stem cell therapy.
Manipulation under anesthesia
With manipulation under anesthesia, we administer a sedative to keep you comfortable and relaxed. Then we perform noninvasive shoulder stretches and maneuvers designed to restore your range of motion.
Interventional injections involve delivering medications or treatments directly to the source of your pain. There are several types of interventional injections that offer different benefits, including the following:
- Epidural steroid injections can soothe irritated spinal nerve roots
- Medial branch blocks or facet joint injections can address joint issues in the spine
- Trigger point and joint injections can reduce inflammation and swelling
- Radiofrequency ablation can disable the nerves sending the pain signals
Platelet-rich plasma therapy
With platelet-rich plasma therapy, we harvest platelets from your blood and then inject them into areas that need healing. Platelets contain powerful growth factors, which can speed healing and boost tissue regeneration. This therapy is highly effective at treating soft tissue damage, especially ligament and tendon injuries.
Stem cell therapy
For stem cell therapy, we use amnion injections. This tissue comes from healthy, donated, and prescreened amniotic tissue, which contains highly beneficial growth factors. These injections can help repair damaged cells and reduce inflammation.
At Valley Neurology and Pain, with three convenient Arizona locations in Phoenix and Peoria, you are never a number. Your consultation, examination, and treatment are always administered by a highly qualified physician. When it comes to managing shoulder pain, we have experienced physicians who can help you, including Toure Knighton, MD, Jin Yuk, MD and Patricia Henthorn, DC, DAAMUAP. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.