Shoulder Pain Explained
Three bones – the collarbone (clavicle), the shoulder blade (scapula), and the upper arm bone (humerus) – create the shoulder joint. This joint’s motion is driven by two parts: the AC joint (acromioclavicular) and the shoulder joint (glenohumeral).
Visualize the shoulder joint as a ball-and-socket arrangement, allowing your shoulder to move freely back and forward and your arm to rotate. This crucial joint is safeguarded by a soft tissue capsule enclosed by a thin synovial membrane.
Because the upper arm’s ball is bigger than the shoulder’s socket, shoulder injuries are frequent. It relies on muscles, tendons, and ligaments for stability, which makes it susceptible to injuries during sports or physical labor. Nevertheless, the primary cause of shoulder pain is the natural wear and tear of soft tissues due to aging. Prolonged strenuous use of the shoulder can accelerate age-related deterioration.
Shoulder pain isn’t just limited to a single location; it can radiate down your arm or encompass your entire shoulder. Additionally, problems in the neck’s cervical spine can lead to shoulder pain as they affect the nerves connected to the shoulder.
Treating Shoulder Pain
If you are experiencing any shoulder pain, or have a unique type of pain not listed, please contact our team today. Once an appointment is scheduled, you will meet with our knowledgeable Illinois Pain & Spine Institute doctors who will diagnose and treat the source of your painful condition. Possible treatments may include:
- Precise Injection of Medication
- Stem Cell Therapy – Stem cell therapy may be appropriate for those experiencing shoulder pain. Call us now for more information regarding stem cell therapy for hip pain.
- Platelet Rich Plasma – Patients have found pain relief and improved function from platelet rich plasma for shoulder pain. The physician at Illinois Pain & Spine Institute may consider PRP for your shoulder condition.