The mobility that your shoulder joints provide — allowing you to raise your arm, reach behind your back, or throw a perfect pitch — comes with a price, and sometimes that price is chronic pain and stiffness. At INVO Pain Medicine Group in New York City, Nilufer Guleyupoglu, MD — a leading physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist in Midtown, Manhattan — and her team provide expert shoulder pain treatment for adults. The INVO Pain Medicine Group team offers state-of-the-art medicine, including fluoroscopic injections, to relieve your painful symptoms. They identify the underlying cause of your shoulder pain and create an individualized treatment plan. Call today to schedule a consultation or use the online booking system.
Your shoulder is the most mobile joint in your body and it’s made up of a complex system of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. When one or more of the connected parts of your shoulder become strained, sprained, or injured, you experience pain. The wear-and-tear from years of use and repetitive motions can also lead to shoulder problems and chronic pain.
Some of the most common causes of shoulder pain include:
If your shoulder becomes unstable for any reason, you typically experience painful movements simply when you attempt to perform everyday activities.
If your chronic shoulder pain is the result of prolonged, repetitive movements — such as lifting objects overhead at your job or even using a computer mouse day in and day out — you can take steps to prevent the pain from worsening. Rearrange your desk or workstation, if possible, to improve posture and reduce stress on your shoulder. Take regular breaks from tasks and stretch your arms and shoulders to relieve tension.
Additionally, you can prevent shoulder pain by resting your shoulder from the activity that’s contributing to your pain, especially if it’s a recreational activity. You can also change your sleeping position so as not to aggravate the shoulder that hurts. Properly warming up and stretching before an activity can also help prevent pain from getting worse.
Your treatment depends on the cause of your shoulder pain. Medications and surgeries are sometimes the most prescribed methods of reducing pain and inflammation or correcting a dislocation or repairing a rotator cuff tear. If your shoulder pain is the result of arthritis, INVO Pain Medicine Group might use corticosteroid injections or regenerative medicine injections, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
The INVO Pain Medicine Group team performs fluoroscopic injections to maximize your pain relief. Fluoroscopy is guided ultrasound imaging that allows them to see inside your shoulder joint and deliver the pain medication precisely where it provides the most benefit.
To get long-term pain relief from a variety of shoulder conditions, call the office or request an appointment online.