Shoulder pain is a common type of chronic pain and is particularly frequent in older populations, with rotator cuff problems occurring in nearly 25% of those over the age of 50. Some sports and careers can also contribute to shoulder pain, meaning most people will experience some amount of shoulder pain in their lives. Thankfully, Dr. Kenneth Alleyne at Eastern Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Bloomfield and South Windsor, Connecticut, can treat many types of shoulder pain in a minimally invasive fashion, leading to a quick recovery. To learn more, call Dr. Alleyne to schedule your consultation, or book online.
Your shoulder is an incredibly mobile part of your body, able to span an enormous range of motion. Your shoulders let you do everything from lift an object over your head to throw a ball. But this great range of mobility makes your shoulder susceptible to injuries from a variety of sources. Some of the most common include:
Overusing your shoulder muscles can cause tend tendons in your shoulders to inflame or even tear. Some sports and certain jobs can put you at greater risk for this type of shoulder pain. Bursitis and tendinitis are just a few types of shoulder conditions that lead to inflammation.
Over time, the cartilage in your shoulder joints becomes worn down from basic wear and tear, leading to bone scraping on bone, a condition is known as osteoarthritis. Most people don’t have to worry about this condition until much later in life.
Any sort of accident, such as a collision on the field, a car accident, or falling on the job, can result in serious shoulder injuries, including fractures, tears, or dislocation.
More uncommon causes of shoulder pain include certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, or infections. If you don’t think your pain comes from trauma, overuse, or osteoarthritis, contact Dr. Alleyne right away.
To understand what may be causing your shoulder pain, Dr. Alleyne will review your medical history and perform a series of tests to rule out each potential cause. These tests often include X-ray imaging, CT scans, arthroscopic imaging, and ECGs.
How Dr. Alleyne treats your shoulder pain depends on the underlying cause. For more serious conditions, such as ligament tears or a rotator-cuff injury, Dr. Alleyne may need to provide surgery for correction. He usually performs these corrections with minimally invasive arthroscopy.
For other types of shoulder pain, Dr. Alleyne takes advantage of the latest non-surgical treatment options, including physical therapy and rejuvenation therapies, such as platelet-rich-plasma injections. When combined with physical therapy, rejuvenation treatment can greatly hasten your shoulder recovery.
If an uncommon condition causes your shoulder pain, such as cancer or infections, you’ll need to start treatment for the underlying condition before you can address your shoulder pain.
If your shoulder pain is getting in the way of the activities you love, let Dr. Alleyne help. Call Eastern Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Bloomfield and and South Windsor, Connecticut, to schedule your consultation, or book online.