Louisiana Pain Specialists
Pain Management & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in New Orleans, Kenner, Baton Rouge, Marrero, Laplace, & Metairie, LA
Your shoulder sustains such extensive movement that it can be hard to overcome shoulder pain. Whether you just suffered a sports injury or you struggle with chronic shoulder pain, the team at Louisiana Pain Specialists offers comprehensive pain management. They specialize in interventional treatments so you can get the pain relief you need to rehabilitate and strengthen your shoulder. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Kenner, Metairie, Laplace, Baton Rouge, Marrero, and New Orleans, Louisiana, or book online today.
Shoulder Pain Q & A
What causes shoulder pain?
Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. The rotator cuff includes a group of muscles that hold your arm in the shoulder joint and support the full range of movement.
Partial or complete rotator cuff tears often result from sports injuries or the daily wear and tear of repeated arm movements.
Other problems frequently leading to shoulder pain include:
- Labral tears
- Shoulder fractures
- Shoulder dislocations
- Impingement syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
Your risk of developing shoulder pain increases if you engage in activities requiring overhead arm motions such as weightlifting, pitching, and painting.
What symptoms accompany shoulder pain?
The conditions responsible for shoulder pain may cause other symptoms. You might experience:
- Arm and shoulder weakness
- Difficulty lifting your arm
- Shoulder joint instability
- Muscles spasms
- Joint clicking
- Limited range of motion
- Loss of movement
Traumatic injuries like a shoulder fracture or dislocation cause sudden pain, swelling, and bruising.
How is shoulder pain treated?
The best shoulder pain treatment depends on the cause of your pain and the severity of the injury. However, your treatment always begins with the most appropriate conservative therapies, such as immobilizing your shoulder, avoiding activities that hurt the joint, and physical therapy.
Some types of injuries may need surgery. For example, a fracture and torn tendons or ligaments might require surgical repair to ensure the tissues heal properly.
Whether you need pain relief from an acute injury or chronic (long-lasting) pain, the team at Louisiana Pain Specialists offers highly effective pain management and interventional options such as:
- Medication management
- Trigger point injections
- Joint injections (steroids)
- Nerve blocks
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Radiofrequency ablation
Trigger point injections relax tight muscle spasms in your shoulder, while steroids significantly reduce painful inflammation.
Interventional treatments, such as nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, and radiofrequency ablation, target the nerves carrying pain signals from your shoulder to your brain. Each procedure uses a different technique to stop pain signals from reaching your brain.
For a nerve block, your provider injects an anesthetic to stop pain signals. Spinal cord stimulation sends a mild electrical impulse into the spinal nerves, blocking them from sending pain messages to your brain.
If you get radiofrequency ablation, your provider uses radiofrequency energy to wound a specific nerve, and the wound stops nerve signals.
You can get effective relief from shoulder pain. To learn more, call Louisiana Pain Specialists or book an appointment online today.