Learn How a Shoulder Treatment Specialist Treats Shoulder Joint Pain
If you put on a few pandemic pounds, you’re not alone. The lack of daily activity caused a lot of people to pack on some extra weight. You’re determined to take better care of yourself and re-commit to your old workout routine. Even though some time has passed, you feel good about getting your body in motion again and gradually increase your stamina and strength. The only thing that doesn’t seem to be getting stronger is your shoulder, which increasingly aches after each workout. You’re not sure what’s causing this shoulder pain, but it’s making your workouts more challenging as you work to accommodate your pain. If you want to continue your journey to better health, you’ll need to meet with a shoulder treatment specialist and find some relief from your aching shoulder.
At Pain Treatment Specialists, our team of Harvard-trained pain doctors use minimally invasive treatments for shoulder pain, neck pain, and back pain. Their pain doctors are experts in interventional pain medicine, which focuses on avoiding surgical procedures for shoulder joint injuries. Normal wear and tear or soft tissue injuries are easily treated with conservative treatments like steroid injections and lubricant injections. You’re ready to book an appointment at one of Pain Treatment Specialists’ locations in northern NJ or NYC and see what types of treatments allow you to continue your workouts without pain.
What Should I Look for in a Shoulder Treatment Specialist?
Before you consult with an orthopedic surgeon, ask yourself the following questions:
- How easy would it be to take 4-6 weeks off from work?
- Am I willing to not use my arm for a month?
- Do I have enough support at home to assist with basic tasks like cooking and cleaning?
If you decide to meet with an orthopedic surgeon who suggests shoulder surgery, then you’ll need to consider all of these questions carefully. Shoulder surgery is invasive and complicated, and requires that you not use your arm for weeks at a time. This means that you’ll be unable to drive, bathe normally, or complete basic daily activities without assistance. Instead, meet with a pain management doctor who treats your shoulder pain with minimally invasive treatments that allow you to still use your arm.
One of our top pain management doctors is Dr. Shane Volney, who is a former Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School. His expertise as a shoulder treatment specialist is requested at national medical conferences on pain in addition to authoring textbook chapters on pain medicine. Dr. Volney continuously refreshes his knowledge about cutting-edge shoulder pain treatments through conferences and training, and patients also note his kind and comforting bedside manner. One recent patient review mentioned that Dr. Volney thoroughly explained procedures leaving the person “comfortable and confident with the treatment I received.”
Dr. Volney is just one of our highly-rated pain doctors at Pain Treatment Specialists. Schedule an appointment today and see how our Harvard-trained team avoids surgical procedures and provides effective, long-lasting shoulder pain relief.
What is the Best Treatment for a Shoulder Injury?
Your shoulder has a lot of moving parts, and when one of them is stretched, torn, or out of place, it creates a great deal of discomfort. This means that each person’s shoulder pain is unique to their body, and needs a customized treatment plan. At Pain Treatment Specialists, this is exactly what we do! Every patient that enters our pain clinic receives a treatment plan that works for their specific type of shoulder pain. Some of the treatments offered at our pain clinics include:
- Physical Therapy: A physical therapist works in conjunction with your shoulder treatment specialist to build a customized routine of exercises designed to relieve shoulder pain. The goal of physical therapy is increasing your shoulder’s strength and stability.
- Steroid Injections: Corticosteroid injections provide pain relief that is far more powerful than over-the-counter medications. Not only do steroid injections provide long-lasting pain relief, but they also reduce swelling. After your injection, you’ll be able to go about your daily activities as normal.
- Lubricant Injections: Over time, our shoulders lose their natural joint fluid. This can also be accelerated by osteoarthritis. A lubricant injection helps your shoulder joint move more fluidly and without a painful grinding sensation.
Not sure what shoulder treatment is right for you? Meet with the shoulder pain doctors at Pain Treatment Specialists and receive a customized shoulder pain treatment plan.
Should I Modify My Daily Activity?
When your shoulder is sore and swollen, it’s best to modify your daily activities to limit how much you move your arm. This might include taking it easy and skipping the arm weights at the gym, asking for help when doing laundry, and putting objects on lower shelves so you don’t need to raise your arm as often. An arm sling or compression bandage helps keep your shoulder still and stable. Taking these steps, along with using over-the-counter pain medicines like ibuprofen or aspirin, helps curtail your shoulder pain.
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Don’t let shoulder pain derail your fitness goals. Schedule an appointment at Pain Treatment Specialists and meet with a shoulder treatment specialist who aims to relieve your shoulder pain without surgery or dangerous narcotics.
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