Shoulder pain may arise from the shoulder joint itself or from any of the many surrounding muscles, ligaments or tendons that form the rotator cuff. Sometimes shoulder pain can arise from other parts of the body such as organs in the chest or abdomen. Shoulder pain that comes from the joint usually worsens with activities or movement of your arm or shoulder. A diagnosis is made based on a thorough history and physical exam, imaging studies (X-ray, CT, MRI), and sometimes lab studies.
Shoulder Pain Treatments
Minor shoulder pain often responds to simple over-the-counter drugs (to relieve pain and inflammation), mild exercises, lifestyle and activity modification, stretching, and physical therapy. If the pain persists and a more aggressive treatment plan is needed, there are many different treatment options. Potential treatments include steroid injections, nerve blocks, regenerative injections (PRP, bone marrow), and surgery.