Shoulder Pain Specialist

Michigan Pain Specialists

Pain Management serving the areas of Ann Arbor, MI, Ypsilanti, MI & Adrian, MI. Now accepting Telehealth appointments.

When it’s too painful to shampoo your hair or stay active in sports because of shoulder pain, you can find non-surgical solutions at Michigan Pain Specialists. At the offices in Ypsilanti and Adrian, Michigan, the experienced pain management physicians offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for a variety of underlying shoulder pain causes. Whether you need medications or joint injections, you can find the help you need on-site. Call the Michigan Pain Specialists office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Your shoulder is a complex joint that provides your arm with the flexibility to make a wide range of movements, like throwing a ball and reaching over your head.

The joint is made up of three bones: your long arm bone (humerus), your collarbone, and your shoulder blade. They are protected by cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Damage to any of these structures can lead to persistent pain and a loss of range of motion.

Some of the most common causes of shoulder pain the Michigan Pain Specialists providers treat include:

  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Compressed nerve

You might also develop chronic shoulder pain from impingement syndrome — a condition that describes the entrapment of your rotator cuff between the ends of the shoulder joint bones.

Many people develop shoulder pain following an injury because of joint overuse or due to age-related, degenerative changes that occur in your shoulder joint.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

During the diagnostic evaluation of your shoulder pain, your provider at the Michigan Pain Specialists reviews your medical history, activities, and symptoms. The team physically examines your shoulder to test its flexibility and range of motion.

To identify underlying issues, like osteoarthritis or rotator cuff tears, the providers use on-site diagnostic imaging technology like X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans.

Once they understand the source of your shoulder pain, your physician customizes a treatment plan to relieve the pain and protect the health of your joint.

How is shoulder pain treated?

If you can’t find shoulder pain relief with over-the-counter medications, your provider at Michigan Pain Specialists may recommend prescription pain-relievers and anti-inflammatories.

When oral medicines aren’t working, your provider may recommend joint injections that deliver anti-inflammatory and anesthetic medications directly into your joint.

Once your shoulder pain decreases with treatment, your physician can refer you for physical therapy to strengthen your shoulder joint. Therapy can also restore your shoulder’s range of motion and reduce your risk for additional shoulder injuries.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for chronic shoulder pain, call Michigan Pain Specialists, or book an appointment through the online booking system today.