Shoulder Pain

Colorado Clinic

Chronic Pain & Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Colorado Springs, CO & Loveland, CO

The shoulder is a complex joint that can cause widespread pain when injured. At Colorado Clinic in Colorado Springs, Loveland, and Greeley, Colorado, the pain management providers take a multi-modality approach to shoulder pain treatment. Nerve blocks, neuromodulators, medication management, and regenerative medicine are just a few treatments they offer to relieve shoulder pain and restore joint function. To learn more, call Colorado Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

Why does shoulder pain occur?

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that connects the upper arm to the torso. Holding it in place are a series of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. By providing the arms with flexibility and a wide range of motion, the shoulder is often vulnerable to wear-and-tear. Any damage to the shoulder joint or the tissues that support it can lead to chronic pain and limited range of motion.

What causes shoulder pain?

Many injuries and degenerative conditions can cause chronic shoulder pain, such as:

Rotator cuff tear

The rotator cuff refers to the tissue that supports your shoulder joint. These tissues are essential for providing your shoulder with flexibility and range of motion. A tear in the rotator cuff can lead to pain, weakness, and tenderness in the shoulder. It may also limit movement in your arm. 

Labral tear

The labrum is a piece of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder joint. In addition to cushioning the joint, the labrum also holds it in place. A labral tear in the shoulder doesn’t just cause chronic pain. It can also leave your shoulder unstable and susceptible to additional damage.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that develops from cartilage deterioration. Friction around the joint can lead to stiffness, pain, and a limited range of motion in the shoulder that typically worsens with age.

Bursitis

Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that protect the joints. When repetitive stress irritates the bursae, they can become inflamed and painful.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

At Colorado Clinic, your pain management specialist uses several diagnostic tools to determine the cause of your shoulder discomfort. First, they review your medical history and perform a physical exam. 

They may also order imaging tests, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT) scans.

What are the treatments for shoulder pain?

Colorado Clinic offers many innovative treatments, such as regenerative medicine, to relieve shoulder pain. Facet joint injections can reduce inflammation to accelerate healing. A cervical facet injection may even reduce pain that radiates from the neck through the shoulder.

Regenerative medicine injections, such as platelet-rich (plasma), can help restore function to the shoulder and reduce pain.

Call Colorado Clinic or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about shoulder pain.