Skilled Pain Care Clinic
Anesthesiologists & Pain Management Physicians located in Houston, TX & Katy, TX
Shoulder pain is a common problem that can make simple tasks like brushing your hair or opening a window seem impossible. If you experience ongoing or worrisome shoulder pain, Skilled Pain Care Clinic in Houston and Katy, Texas, offers a number of safe and effective treatments. Led Syed Nasir, MD, the practice specializes in personalized pain medicine. To speak with Dr. Nasir about your shoulder pain, schedule your visit by phone or online today.
Shoulder Pain Q & A
What causes shoulder pain?
A number of injuries and conditions can cause shoulder pain, including:
Rotator cuff injuries
The rotator cuff is made up of the muscles and tendons around your shoulder joint. Rotator cuff injuries are common in activities that require repeated overhead movements and heavy lifting.
A rotator cuff injury typically refers to a tear in the tendons in your shoulder. Rotator cuff tears can occur as a result of a single injury or from wear-and-tear that weakens the tendons over time.
A rotator cuff injury also refers to impingement — squeezing or pinching — of the rotator cuff, which happens when the tendons become compressed by the surrounding bones. Rotator cuff impingement causes the rotator cuff to become irritated and inflamed, resulting in pain.
Frozen shoulder is a condition that limits the range of motion of your shoulder joint. Frozen shoulder typically affects patients who’ve had their shoulder immobilized after surgery or to treat an arm fracture.
The connective tissue that surrounds the shoulder gradually thickens, causing pain with any movement of your shoulder. Most frozen shoulders are effectively treated through minimally invasive techniques.
Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis that causes a gradual breakdown of the cartilage in your joints. Over time, osteoarthritis destroys the cartilage that cushions your bones, causing them to rub against each other.
Osteoarthritis causes pain and stiffness that can greatly limit your mobility. With proper treatment, you can successfully manage your symptoms and preserve the structure and function of your joints.
When should I get help for my shoulder pain?
If you experience shoulder pain that is severe or lasts for several days, it’s important to seek medical attention. Certain conditions like rotator cuff tears can worsen without proper treatment leading to further complications and limits to your mobility.
You should also seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like warmth, swelling, and stiffness near your shoulder joints as these can be signs of arthritis.
How is shoulder pain treated?
Dr. Nasir and his team provide a number of safe and effective treatments. Depending on your condition, your personalized treatment can include:
- Physical therapy
- Pain medication
- Nerve blocks
Dr. Nasir also provides steroid injections to help reduce pain and swelling in the affected joints, as well as regenerative therapies like stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma to help restore damaged tissue and relieve shoulder pain.
To find out which treatment is right for you, call the office or schedule your visit online today.