Chronic Shoulder Pain

Prolotherapy for Chronic Shoulder Pain

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The muscles and joints of the shoulder allow it to move through a remarkable range of motion, making it one of the most mobile joints in the human body. The shoulder can rotate, be raised in front of and behind the torso and allow the arm to move a full 360°. This tremendous range of motion also makes the shoulder extremely unstable, and far more prone to dislocation and injury than other joints. Because the rounded head or ball of the upper arm bone (humerus) is larger than the socket of the shoulder bone (scapula), this area is especially susceptible to injury. The shoulder joint consists of bones, muscles and ligaments that are all subject to stress and overuse.

Causes of pain in the shoulder can be: tendonitis, bursitis, dislocation and attendant injury, impingement syndrome, rotator cuff tear, adhesive capsulated (frozen shoulder), fracture or poor posture. But the most common cause of chronic pain in the shoulder is arthritis. This can take many forms such as: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, traumatic, and gouty arthritis.

If you are experiencing pain from a rotator cuff injury, you will feel a dull aching pain, which worsens with movement.  A rotator cuff injury includes any type of irritation or damage to your rotator cuff muscles or tendons. Causes of a rotator cuff injury may include falling, lifting and repetitive arm activities — especially those done overhead. Shoulder tendonitis can produce symptoms including a slow onset of discomfort, pain in the upper third of your arm and difficulty sleeping on the side of that arm. Redness and swelling that is tender and warm to the touch can be caused by bursitis.

Minor shoulder pain, ‘clicking’, ‘giving way’, or frozen shoulder, are symptoms of arthritis. Osteoarthritis can begin as early as thirty, but symptoms can appear later, as the condition progresses.

Many patients come to us tired of ‘managing’ their chronic pain with NSAID or narcotic medications, various therapies, and exercises. In many cases, these methods do not take care of the cause of the pain. Most of the time, musculoskeletal pain is due to weakness in the ligaments, tendons and possibly cartilage. Prolotherapy can regenerate these damaged tissues and ultimately alleviate the problem causing the pain. Our goal at Pacific Prolotherapy and Medical Wellness Center is for our patients to have an active, healthy, pain free life. Prolotherapy is a very safe, affordable option that allows you to keep working and training during the recovery process. It is one treatment that encourages movement post-treatment. Movement actually aids the healing process after Prolotherapy. Call us today for a consultation or for a second opinion before you have surgery, (310) 453-1234.