Shoulder Pain

New Jersey Regenerative Institute

Regenerative Medicine & Orthopedics located in Cedar Knolls, NJ

Shoulder pain can be severe if you suffer a dislocation or labral tear, but even if you have shoulder pain that’s milder in nature, it could be a sign that the muscles, joints, and connective tissues are under strain. Find out what’s causing your shoulder pain by visiting the expert team of doctors at New Jersey Regenerative Institute in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey. Call the clinic today, or book an appointment using the online tool.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is usually attributable to one of two causes: either a traumatic injury such as a fall, accident, or sports injury, or a degenerative condition that arises as a result of making repetitive movements.

Traumatic injuries are acute, often involving sudden, twisting movements or an impact that forces the joints and tissues out of alignment. Degenerative injuries are more often chronic, starting with a low-grade pain that doesn’t resolve over time and may get worse.

What types of traumatic and degenerative conditions affect the shoulder?

There are a number of possible causes of traumatic and degenerative shoulder pain, including:

  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Dislocation
  • Subluxation (partial dislocation)
  • Fractures
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Pulled muscles
  • Strains
  • Labral tear
  • Shoulder separation

Damage to the tendons and muscles that form the rotator cuff is a frequent cause of shoulder pain. The rotator cuff supports the joints in your shoulder and enables you to move your arms in different directions, but because it’s so mobile it’s susceptible to injury.

Osteoarthritis is another typical cause of degenerative shoulder pain. Cartilage normally protects the ends of the bones that form the shoulder joint, but arthritic changes mean the cartilage wears away, exposing the ends of the bones so they rub together.

This exposure leads to pain, inflammation, and stiffness in the shoulder joint. If you’ve suffered previous injuries or damage to the shoulder, arthritis is more likely to develop as you age.

What treatments are available for shoulder pain?

The treatment that best suits each patient depends on the nature of the injury. At New Jersey Regenerative Institute, the physicians specialize in using regenerative medicine techniques to treat shoulder pain, including:

  • Prolotherapy
  • Prolozone®
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC)
  • Lipogems®

Prolotherapy and Prolozone treatments involve injecting a solution containing sugar or ozone respectively, to boost your body’s healing responses and create new, healthy tissues.

PRP therapy and BMAC use powerful cells harvested from the patient’s body to stimulate new cell growth and optimize the repair of damaged tissues.

Lipogems therapy uses body fat from the patient that the doctor injects into injured areas to act as a support and provide a protective layer around the damaged tissues as they heal.

To find out more about these innovative treatments for treating shoulder pain, call New Jersey Regenerative Institute today, or book an appointment online.