Common Shoulder Problems and Non-Surgical Options to Treat Them
Do you have bursitis, rotator cuff tear, or joint arthritis in your shoulder? What treatment options do you have that do not involve surgery? Join us and learn from our SDOMG physicians who are experts in diagnosing and treating orthopedic conditions. They will share innovative treatments in the field of Regenerative Medicine and discuss Cell-Based Therapies like PRP, Bone Marrow, and Fat Derived Stem Cell treatments for shoulder problems.
· Date and Time : May 12, 2021. 12 pm PT
· Speaker(s): Dr. Chris Rogers and Dr. Mary A. Ambach
Dr. Christopher Rogers is one of the world’s leading experts in orthopedic regenerative medicine and a renowned speaker at national medical conferences. He has developed new approaches for the treatment of tendon injuries, osteoarthritis and disc degeneration which provide a safe and viable alternative to surgery.
Dr. Mary Ambach specializes in non-surgical orthopedics, regenerative therapies, and interventional pain management. As a key thought leader in the field of Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Ambach conducts research, trains physicians, and lectures at international medical conferences.
Nancy is an active woman in her 50s who suffered from shoulder pain after undergoing rotator cuff surgery. Dr Ambach treated her with Platelet Rich Therapy (PRP) and now Nancy has full range of motion and is living pain free!
I spent year dealing with chronic pain and flair ups. The PRP with Dr. Ambach and then my work with Megan at Evolve Physical Therapy has been life changing.
The shoulder is a highly mobile joint composed of tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bones, all of which are prone to injury with activity and sports. People experiencing shoulder pain may be suffering from a variety of conditions such as bursitis, tendinitis, osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis. Shoulder pain can also be caused by sports injuries or other accidents, and those over the age of 50 are especially susceptible to developing rotator cuff tendon tears.
Symptoms of shoulder pain can range from mild to severe and may disturb physical activity and sleep. Pain, weakness, and a loss of range of motion are all symptoms of a shoulder injury. Those who participate in high-risk sports, those whose jobs involve physical labor or older adults are all at a higher risk for a painful shoulder injury. For more details, check out the below list of common causes of shoulder injuries.
Sports that involve repetitive overhead motion can be detrimental to your shoulders. The tendons that connect muscles to bones can partially or completely overstretch. Overhead arm movements can cause tendons to rub or scrape against part of the shoulder blade. Examples of sports with repetitive overhead motion include swimming, tennis, pitching and weightlifting.
Similar to the above-mentioned sports injuries, repetitive lifting at work can also be a cause of shoulder injuries. Those who work in manual labor are susceptible to shoulder injuries. This includes painters and carpenters.
Suffering from a fall, car accident, or another sudden injury can result in a rotator cuff strain or tear. Typically, these injuries cause intense and immediate pain. Rotator cuff tears often occur with other shoulder injuries, such as a broken collarbone or a dislocated shoulder.
It’s important to consider your shoulder health not only when at work or while paying sports, but also during your everyday activities. Overuse injuries can occur when too much stress is placed on a joint or other tissue, typically by overdoing and activity or through repetition of an activity. Hanging curtains, gardening and washing walls can also be causes of shoulder injuries. Performing these activities with poor posture, or insufficient joint mobility and strength may predispose you to shoulder pain.
There are many different treatment methods available for shoulder pain, most of which offer helpful yet short-term solutions. If you are looking for a long-term solution that will help heal your shoulder, our regenerative medicine therapies may be the right choice for you. Contact San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group to schedule your consultation today! 760-483-9060.
If you’ve ever experienced shoulder pain, then you know how disruptive it can be to your life. Simple tasks like lifting your arms or carrying groceries become unbearable, and even going to work poses a challenge. Your doctor can easily prescribe treatment to provide immediate pain relief, but what do you do until your next appointment?
Here are some simple ways to relieve shoulder pain in between doctor’s visits.
Apply heat to a painful shoulder to get almost immediate relief. Heat works well because it reduces muscle tension and promotes relaxation. Heat also increases blood flow, which delivers nutrients to the affected area. Be careful not to warm the area too much, as you don’t want to burn the skin. Leave the pad on the affected area for intervals of 15-30 minutes, followed by a short period of rest. Apply it to the shoulder when needed.
A light massage can work wonders for a painful shoulder, particularly when there’s an injury to the muscles or tendons. Massages work because they improve blood circulation and reduce stiffness and swelling. You don’t need a professional to administer the massage, as a gentle squeeze applied with medium pressure is enough to experience relief. Do this as often as necessary.
Just like a heating pad, a cold compress can also provide pain relief to a painful shoulder. If you have an ice pack, wrap it in a towel and apply it to the area. Crushed ice can also be wrapped in a towel or ziplock bag if an ice pack is not available. The cold works to numb the pain and also reduces inflammation. Leave the compress on the shoulder for roughly 10-15 minutes at a time. You can do this throughout the day for maximum pain relief.
Change Your Sleeping Position
In addition to seeking relief in the daytime, people who suffer from shoulder pain also need night time relief. This is where it’s crucial to change the position that you sleep in if you’re naturally prone to laying on your shoulders. Use extra pillows to provide neck and shoulder support, or sleep on the opposite side of the affected area. Leaning on the back of the shoulder (shoulder blade) and avoiding lying on the side of the shoulder may offer relief.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications
Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief medicines can help to reduce shoulder pain. Ibuprofen (400-800mg) and Tylenol (325-500mg) would be the best options, with Ibuprofen being the first choice if you’re able to take it. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory medicine that is often used to treat the inflammation of the joints. You should give your physician’s office a call to determine which is better for you, especially if you are taking other medications.
You may not experience full pain relief, but these simple tips can help you cope with shoulder pain until you’re able to make it to the doctor’s office. All of these methods can be used as often as needed, and do not require much medical oversight.
If you’re experiencing shoulder pain due to a muscular injury, arthritis, or some other condition, contact us to learn about our permanent solutions for your shoulder pain at (760) 909-2355.