Shoulder Pain Specialist

Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain

Board Certified Anesthesiologists and Pain Management Specialists located in Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, and West Columbia, SC and Asheville and Gastonia, NC

Shoulder pain can seriously interfere with your daily life, even affecting your ability to perform simple tasks like comb your hair or lift an object over your head. Whether your pain is due to injury, disease, or overuse, the specialists at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain, with six locations throughout North and South Carolina, can diagnose your shoulder pain and help you find relief. Call or book an appointment online to learn more about how you can relieve shoulder pain and restore function.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

When should I see a doctor for shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain that impedes your daily function and ability to sleep deserves medical attention. At the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain, the specialists can help determine the cause of your pain and develop a treatment strategy that may help you avoid invasive surgery.

You should seek medical help for shoulder pain if you’re experiencing:

  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain when raising your arm to the side or overhead
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Pain while sleeping on one side
  • Swelling or redness around the joint

The earlier you get a diagnosis and receive treatment, the more likely you are to find long-term shoulder pain relief.

What causes shoulder pain?

While your shoulder joint is incredibly mobile, allowing for a huge range of motion, this can lead to instability and injury. Common reasons for shoulder pain include:

  • Dislocation
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Sprain or strain
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Joint inflammation
  • Tendonitis

Your shoulder may also be in pain due to issues in your spine. When certain nerves are compressed, especially in the neck, you can suffer radiating pain through the shoulder and arm.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

Your doctor at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain performs a comprehensive physical exam and reviews your health history to narrow down the possible reasons for your shoulder pain.

Your doctor may order imaging tests, such as MRIs and X-rays, or run lab tests to inform their diagnosis. A complete musculoskeletal evaluation helps them determine whether your shoulder pain is due to a problem at the joint or stems from an issue in your spine.

How is shoulder pain treated?

The team of providers at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain offers several treatment options for shoulder pain that don’t involve surgery.

Physical therapy can help improve shoulder strength and mobility and help you learn to modify your movements to reduce pain. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and prescription medications can also help relieve pain.

Depending on the specific cause of your shoulder pain, you may be a candidate for joint injections, such as steroid injections to reduce inflammation or trigger point injections to reduce pain caused by extremely tight bundles of muscle tissue.

To learn more about how you can reduce shoulder pain, call the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain or book an appointment online.