SWFL Shoulder Pain – Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis | Integrative Rehab Medicine

What if you could finally treat that stabbing shoulder pain without surgery?

Shoulder injuries are extremely common and often lead to chronic pain and limitations in range of motion. The shoulder is a complex joint with many moving parts including the rotator cuff tendons, surrounding ligaments and the labrum. Due to the large range of motion the shoulder possesses it is vulnerable to injuries.

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Sometimes the rotator cuff tendons can become overstressed and inflamed, which can lead to a painful tendonitis or commonly can result in rotator cuff tears. The supporting ligaments can also become overstretched leading to decreased joint stability. This can result in a dull or stabbing pain in the shoulder itself or can radiate down the scapula or down the arm. If not properly treated the instability can increase the rate of degeneration leading to shoulder arthritis. Other times the shoulder pain is due to something else entirely like in the case of shoulder pain from fibromyalgia.

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Symptoms and Diagnosis

People most often notice their shoulder pain when trying to sleep at night or with overhead activities. The pain is often accompanied by stiffness or weakness. Unfortunately, many patients will go on to develop neck pain and or upper back pain due to the body compensating for the loss of motion in the shoulder.

In order to accurately evaluate shoulder pain a through history and physical exam is of utmost importance. Many of our patients have been told that they need a shoulder replacement based off imaging alone, which can result in unnecessary surgeries. We do use advanced imaging such as ultrasound and MRI, but the physical exam is vital for making a proper diagnosis. Areas of pain need to be thoroughly evaluated and other factors such as muscle imbalance, ligament instability, motion restrictions, and areas of weakness need to be identified and corrected.

Many people suffering who have failed steroid injections think that their only options are to find a pain clinic or an orthopedic surgeon to treat their shoulder pain. Thankfully other options are available in southwest Florida.

Non-Surgical Treatment for Shoulder Pain

Our Integrative Advantage is the most comprehensive treatment strategy for shoulder pain in Southwest Florida. We combine multiple modalities that address all the contributing factors to provide the best results. This includes;

Regenerative Medicine Injections such as Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Bone Marrow Stem Cells are used to stimulate healing and increase stability of the supporting structures including directly treating the rotator cuff tendons, ligaments, and the labrum.

Personalized Physical Therapy with the goal of increasing strength, stability, and re-educating the muscles and nervous system for optimal range of motion.

An Anti-inflammatory Diet and certain nutritional supplements can have dramatic effects on reducing shoulder pain Acupuncture can be used to rebalance the body, decrease pain and improve overall health and wellness And we use the most state of the art Energy Modalities such as low-level laser and PEMF to further decrease symptoms and support the healing process If you are tired of dealing with stabbing or aching shoulder pain, muscle spasms, and loss of function be sure to schedule your consultation today! We look forward to helping you on your healing journey.