Shoulder Pain Specialist

AZ Pain Solutions

Interventional Pain Management located in Deer Valley, Phoenix, AZ & Mesa, Mesa, AZ

Every time you scratch your nose, wave hello to a friend, or pick up your child, your shoulders are hard at work. Given the enormity of their role in your everyday life, shoulder pain can have a major impact on your daily routine. The interventional pain management specialists at AZ Pain Solutions understand this and work toward finding the quickest, most productive solution for your shoulder pain. If you're in the Deer Valley, Phoenix area and you want to wave goodbye to shoulder pain, call or book an appointment online.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is the anatomy of the shoulder?

Your shoulder is an efficient ball-and-socket joint comprised of:

  • Three bones: clavicle, humerus, and scapula
  • Rotator cuff: a band of muscles and tendons that keep your arm in place
  • Ligaments
  • Supporting shoulder muscles

Together, these components keep your arm firmly attached to your body while allowing it an incredibly wide range of motion.

What are the most common causes of shoulder pain?

Given the amount of work your shoulders perform, shoulder pain is fairly common, and usually results from:

  • Tendon tears or inflammation (rotator cuff)
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocation or fractures
  • Sprains or strains
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder, or capsulitis
  • Nerve impingements

These conditions can be caused by an acute injury or general wear and tear. More often than not, overextension and repetitive use are the primary culprits behind shoulder pain.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

During your visit to AZ Pain Solutions, the doctors perform a full physical evaluation and may order advanced imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI, to locate the source of your shoulder pain.

If diagnostic imaging still doesn’t yield a satisfying diagnosis, AZ Pain Solutions is equipped with VisionScope®, an arthroscopic instrument that delivers real-time images of the inside of your joint. The doctors perform this minimally invasive procedure in the AZ Pain Solutions office, and it usually takes about 10 minutes.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Once the source of your shoulder pain is identified, the pain management specialists recommend a treatment from the following options:

  • Facet injections
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Bursa and/or tendon injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Nonsteroidal injections
  • Manipulation under anesthesia

With so many options, the doctors work tirelessly to find a solution that works best for your shoulder pain.

What can I do at home for shoulder pain?

The doctors at AZ Pain Solutions offer effective treatments for shoulder pain, but you can do your part to speed up your recovery, including:

  • Hot and cold therapies
  • Limiting use of your shoulder while you heal
  • Completing your physical therapy, if applicable
  • Performing at-home exercises to strengthen your shoulder

The doctors at AZ Pain Solutions provide you with a comprehensive list of at-home care instructions for your shoulder

To put an end to your shoulder pain, call AZ Pain Solutions or schedule an appointment using the easy online booking tool.