Shoulder pain is a common condition among individuals of all ages, and it can range from
mild discomfort to severe pain that affects everyday activities. The shoulder joint is a
complex joint that allows for a wide range of motion, making it susceptible to injury and wear
and tear over time.
Causes of Shoulder Pain:
Shoulder pain can have several causes, including:
Rotator cuff injury: This is a common cause of shoulder pain, which occurs when the
tendons or muscles that make up the rotator cuff are damaged.
Shoulder impingement syndrome: This condition occurs when the rotator cuff tendons
become pinched between the shoulder blade and the upper arm bone, causing pain and
Bursitis: This condition occurs when the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that cushions the shoulder
joint, becomes inflamed and swollen.
Frozen shoulder: Also known as adhesive capsulitis, this condition occurs when the shoulder
joint becomes stiff and painful, making it difficult to move.
Osteoarthritis: This is a condition in which the cartilage in the shoulder joint breaks down
over time, causing pain and stiffness.
Fractures: A broken bone in the shoulder can cause severe pain and limited range of motion.
Preventing shoulder pain can be challenging, but there are some steps individuals can take
to reduce their risk of injury, including:
- Maintaining good posture: Slouching or hunching over can put unnecessary strain on the
shoulders, leading to pain and discomfort.
- Strengthening exercises: Regularly performing exercises that strengthen the muscles in the
shoulders can help reduce the risk of injury.
- Warm-up exercises: Performing warm-up exercises before engaging in physical activity can
help prepare the muscles for movement and reduce the risk of injury.
- Using proper technique: Whether it’s lifting weights or playing a sport, using proper
technique can help reduce the risk of shoulder injury.
- Taking breaks: Taking regular breaks when performing repetitive tasks can help reduce the
risk of overuse injuries.
Specific treatment of shoulder Pain will be determined by your doctor based on:
● Your age, physical condition, and medical history
● Expectations for the course of the condition
● The severity of the condition
● Your ability to tolerate specific medications, procedures, or therapies
● Your point of view or preference
Treatment may Include
● Ice and heat therapy
● Physical therapy
● Corticosteroid injections
● Nerve blocks
● Peripheral nerve stimulation
Treatment Offered By Kansas Pain Management
Kansas Pain Management offers a comprehensive shoulder pain treatment plan that is
tailored to each patient’s specific needs. The first step is a thorough evaluation, which
includes a medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic testing, if necessary.
Treatment options may include medications, physical therapy, injections, or surgery,
depending on the underlying cause of the shoulder pain. Kansas Pain Management also
offers a range of minimally invasive procedures, such as peripheral nerve blocks and
peripheral nerve stimulation, to help alleviate pain and restore function. With board-certified
and fellowship-trained physicians, Kansas Pain Management is committed to providing the
highest quality care for patients suffering from shoulder pain. We provide comprehensive
and personalised treatment options for shoulder pain in Overland Park, Lawrence,
Leavenworth/Lansing, Kansas City, Ottawa, and surrounding areas. We also have a new
location at Lee Summit Medical Center in Lee Summit, MO.
Shoulder pain can be a challenging condition to manage, but with the right treatment and
prevention strategies, individuals can reduce their risk of injury and manage their pain
effectively. It's important to consult a doctor if you experience persistent shoulder pain or if
you suspect you have a shoulder injury.