Wave Goodbye to Shoulder Pain with These Nonsurgical Therapies

If you think about what your shoulder allows you to do, it’s a pretty amazing joint. Your shoulder allows for an enormous range of motion. You can move your arm in almost every direction. 

You probably don’t think much about the range of motion in your shoulder -- until it starts to hurt. Then, you become acutely aware of how much and how often you use your shoulder. Dr. Arash Dini has extensive knowledge of the shoulder joint and an understanding of the treatments that are available for various shoulder-related problems. 

The structure of your shoulder

Your shoulder is a “ball-and-socket” joint, but it’s a little different because the socket is quite shallow. The ball, your upper arm bone (humerus), sits in the shallow depression. The soft tissues that surround and support your shoulder are extremely important because of the shallowness of the depression in your shoulder blade. 

Those soft tissues include ligaments, muscles, and tendons, and they’re attached to your clavicle (collarbone), humerus, and scapula. Your shoulder joint also contains a synovial membrane, which provides lubrication, and cartilage that keeps the bones from rubbing against each other. 

Injury or damage to any of these structures can lead to shoulder pain. Before you begin any treatment plan, you should discuss your diagnosis and treatment options with Dr. Dini. 

Common shoulder problems

Because your shoulder is so mobile, there are numerous ways to injure it, not to mention the fact that soft tissues are prone to wear and tear and susceptible to injury with age. 

Here are a few of the shoulder problems Dr. Dini sees: 

There are many others, of course, but these are some most common shoulder complaints. Each one can cause pain and immobility. 

Nonsurgical treatments

The most appropriate treatment depends on the cause of your pain, as well as many other factors, such as your overall health, your lifestyle, and others. Generally, Dr. Dini prefers to begin with the most conservative treatment options. 

Sometimes the best treatment is to simply stop using your shoulder so that it can heal. In that case a sling or other immobilizer can help. You may also take over-the-counter medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen or naproxen.

Corticosteroids are another treatment option, and can be taken by mouth or injected into your shoulder. Corticosteroids reduce inflammation and can ease your pain. At the most basic level, you may find relief from icing your shoulder to reduce swelling. Physical therapy is another potential nonsurgical treatment approach. 

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that treatment should address the problem and be appropriate for your overall health and shoulder condition. Dr. Dini provides a thorough examination and considers your medical history before making any treatment suggestions. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, schedule an appointment to find out why before embarking on any kind of treatment. 

Scheduling is easy, and we have two locations for your convenience. You can call the office in Los Angeles at 323-525-0101 or the office in Encino at 818-784-1020 to book your appointment.

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