Shoulder Pain Treatments Specialist

Maryam Rahimi, DO -  - Pain Management Physician

Orange County Pain & Rehab Clinic

Maryam Rahimi, DO

Pain Management Physician & Physical Therapist located in Huntington beach, CA & Long Beach, CA

Shoulder pain can have a major impact on your comfort and quality of life. At Orange County Pain & Rehab Clinic, Dr. Maryam Rahimi, provides comprehensive, holistic care for shoulder pain and related symptoms in patients from Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, CA.

Shoulder Pain Treatments Q & A

What are the most common causes of shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by many issues, but some of the most common causes include:

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis, the inflammation of small, fluid-filled sacs called bursa
  • Impingement, which occurs when tendons become “trapped” and compressed
  • Adhesive capsulitis, or “frozen shoulder”
  • Joint instability or chronic dislocation
  • Strained muscles or ligaments

Some types of shoulder pain can be caused by slip-and-fall accidents, sports injuries, car accidents, or other types of accidents, while other painful symptoms can develop as a result of repetitive motion or overuse injuries, heavy lifting, age-related wear and tear, or even improper posture.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

At the practice, the doctor uses a series of passive and active range-of-motion exercises to determine the cause of most types of shoulder pain. In some cases, such as when pain develops suddenly following an accident, x-rays may be needed to rule out fractures. Patients will also be asked to describe other symptoms they may be experiencing, including pain radiating into the arm or neck, weakness in the arm or hand, pain or throbbing in the shoulder during sleep or rest, or grinding or “catching” sensations when moving the shoulder. All of this information can aid in determining the cause so the most appropriate treatments can be applied.

How is shoulder pain treated?

The shoulder is a complex joint with movement dependent upon many structures. Treatment can vary based on which structures are involved as well as the symptoms that are being experienced, the patient's overall health, and other issues. Treatment options can include passive and active exercises, massage, and stretching techniques to help resolve inflammation, release tension, and restore normal function. In some cases, massage and exercises may also involve the neck or upper back and even the lower back or hips when postural issues are involved. Strengthening exercises and lifestyle changes may also be recommended, including incorporating ergonomics in the work area.

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