The Spine and Sports Center
Spine & Sports Medicine located in Sugar Land, TX & Katy, TX
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in your body, but this wide range of motion leaves shoulders prone to a variety of conditions that cause pain. Board-certified physiatrist and sports medicine specialist Benoy Benny, MD, treats all types of shoulder disorders at The Spine and Sports Center in Houston, Sugar Land, and the Willowbrook/Cy-Fair area of Texas. If shoulder pain interferes with your normal activities, call or book an appointment online today.
Shoulder Pain Q & A
What is shoulder pain?
The shoulder is a complex and highly flexible ball-and-socket joint that allows you to lift and rotate your arms in various directions. Shoulder pain can make it difficult to participate in many sports, such as swimming and weightlifting.
In addition to pain, injuries and illnesses that affect the shoulder may cause stiffness, limited range of motion, and a popping or crunching sensation when you move your arm.
What causes shoulder pain?
Dr. Benny treats many causes of shoulder pain at The Spine and Sports Center, including:
Sprains and strains
Sprains and strains occur when a ligament or muscle gets stretched and torn. Ligaments connect bone to bone and muscles provide stability and movement in a joint. Sprains and strains are common sports injuries that may result from a sudden twisting motion or fall.
Shoulder dislocations occur when the head of your humerus gets forced out of the shoulder socket. A shoulder dislocation makes it easier for your shoulder to get dislocated again in the future.
A fracture, or broken bone, can affect any of the bones in your shoulder: the humerus, collarbone (clavicle), or scapula. Fractures usually result from sudden trauma and cause immediate, intense pain.
Rotator cuff injuries
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that help stabilize and move your shoulder. Rotator cuff tendinitis and tendon tears most often develop gradually from overuse, but they can also happen suddenly after a fall or other injury.
Tiny fluid-filled sacs (bursae) cushion and protect your joints. Bursitis develops when one or more of these sacs become inflamed due to chronic overuse, acute injuries, infection, or chronic conditions like arthritis.
Many types of arthritis affect the shoulder, but osteoarthritis is the most common. This condition involves degenerative damage to the cartilage that cushions your shoulder joint.
How is shoulder pain treated?
First, Dr. Benny reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. He may take tests, such as an X-ray, to accurately diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain.
Then, Dr. Benny recommends the best course of treatment for your specific condition. Depending on the underlying cause of your shoulder pain, treatment may include:
- Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
- Physical therapy
- Cortisone or steroid injections
- Regenerative medicine, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
For effective, nonsurgical treatment of shoulder pain, call The Spine and Sports Center or book an appointment online today.