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Shoulder pain can affect every aspect of your life, from work, to simply performing daily tasks and to the things you enjoy most like exercise, playing with your children or grandchildren, etc. Shoulder discomfort is common, and stems from a variety of other common conditions, injuries, and even natural wear and tear. In order to manage and prevent this pain in the future, it is crucial to understand the potential causes and treatments available.

Our Board-Certified Dr. Minesh Zaveri will diagnose the root cause of your shoulder pain by performing a comprehensive examination of your shoulder joint. After determining the cause of the pain, we’ll develop a plan to relieve your pain most commonly with non-surgical treatments first but surgical treatments are available through our Phoenix, AZ area office.

“The entire experience from scheduling an appointment to walking out the door was fantastic. You really get the sense that this is a world class practice. They made me feel welcomed and did not rush through the visit. He, and his PA, answered all my questions and ensured I understood the prognosis and all possible directions of care moving forward. I’m very happy we came across SPS.”

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Treatment Plans

More Information for Patients Experiencing Shoulder Pain

Causes of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain arises from numerous sources, largely due to the complexity of the shoulder joint itself. The shoulder consists of several joints combined with tendons and muscles, allowing for a wide range of motion but also making it susceptible to injuries.

Common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries: The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons stabilizing the shoulder joint. Overuse or sudden injury can lead to strains, tears, or inflammation (tendonitis).
  • Frozen Shoulder: Also known as adhesive capsulitis, this condition restricts your range of motion, causing stiffness and pain.
  • Arthritis: Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can both cause shoulder pain, stiffness, and swelling.
  • Fractures: Fractures to the shoulder bones, often caused by trauma, can result in severe pain.
  • Bursitis: The bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the shoulder joint, can become inflamed, causing pain and discomfort.

Treating Shoulder Pain

Depending on the severity and cause of your shoulder pain, different treatments may be recommended by Dr. Minesh Zaveri:

  • Rest and Activity Modification: Sometimes, all your shoulder needs is a break. Avoid activities that exacerbate the pain and give your body time to heal.
  • Physical Therapy: A physiotherapist can provide exercises and stretches to strengthen your shoulder muscles, improve flexibility, and enhance joint mobility.
  • Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen can reduce pain and inflammation. More severe pain may require prescription medications.
  • Injections: Corticosteroid injections can help reduce inflammation and provide temporary relief for shoulder pain.
  • Surgery: In cases of severe injuries or when conservative treatments don’t provide relief, surgery might be necessary. Procedures range from minimally invasive arthroscopy to full shoulder replacement.

Why Choose Us to Treat Your Shoulder Pain

Regardless of the cause of your shoulder pain, don’t ignore it. Early intervention can help prevent a minor issue from becoming a major problem. Consulting with Dr. Minesh Zaveri will help you determine the best course of action for your specific needs. Remember, shoulder pain is not just a discomfort you need to live with; there are numerous effective treatments available to help you regain pain-free mobility and enhance your quality of life.

Remember: This information is meant to be informative and not a replacement for professional medical advice. Whether it be with Sonoran Pain & Spine or another medical professional, always consult with a healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment.

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