Non-Surgical Shoulder Pain Relief and Treatment

Shoulder pain can occur for a variety of reasons. A traumatic event can result in a rotator cuff injury or a tear in the joint. Overuse can cause tendinitis symptoms as the tendons become inflamed, which impedes movement. Arthritic symptoms such as inflammation, stiffness, and pain can also set into the shoulder as cartilage wears away over time. Sometimes arthritis occurs with general wear and tear, but it can also develop after an injury to the shoulder. When shoulder pain relief is needed, a number of options are available. Kinetic Sports Medicine offers non-surgical shoulder treatment options that can restore mobility with faster recovery times.

Shoulder Pain Treatments

Patients have a variety of options for shoulder pain relief. One treatment that is often helpful is physical therapy for shoulder pain. In many cases, physical therapy can produce significant improvement, relieving pain and increasing range of motion. Comprehensive physical therapy involves office visits so the therapist can assess the shoulder and teach the patient specific exercises to perform at home. Physical therapy can also include therapeutic massage and the application of heat to the joint. As the patient performs shoulder movements, the therapist will observe the movements to ensure correct form and function.

Other non-surgical shoulder treatment options are also available. Newer technology has paved the way for innovative treatments such as plasma injections for shoulder pain. Platelet-rich plasma injections use a patient's own blood to regenerate and heal tendon and ligament injuries. Normally, whole blood contains red and white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. With this procedure, a nurse trained in regenerative medicine extracts the patient's blood and enhances it through a process called centrifugation. After this short process, the platelets and plasma remain, containing higher levels of healing agents. The physician injects this platelet-rich plasma directly into the shoulder joint or affected area, where the growth factors begin working on tissue regeneration, connective tissue repair, and the formation of new blood vessels. Not only can healing be significantly hastened after this procedure, but also the chance of rejection is very slim because the enhanced blood is the patient's and not someone else's blood. Essentially, a patient is using their own body to heal themselves.  The treatment is also minimally invasive, only involving an injection and no incisions whatsoever. This means a faster recovery time for patients.

Rotator cuff tendinopathy that does not involve a full-thickness tear of the tendon can be a potential candidate for PRP injections. Labral tears involving cartilage connecting the ball and socket of the joint are also treated with this procedure. This treatment may also be used after surgery to help with healing. Patients of all ages and activity levels can receive this treatment. In young athletes, avoiding surgery can be very important; thus, these younger patients can be excellent candidates for PRP injections.

Get Non-Surgical Treatment Today

Wondering if non-operative shoulder treatments are right for you? Make an appointment with Dr. Richard Kim, a primary care sports medicine physician with Kinetic Sports Medicine. Under the direction of Dr. Kim, Kinetic Sports Medicine offers the best in non-operative care, including shoulder pain treatments. Contact us and we will answer your questions to help you learn more about our services.