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Shoulder Pain Specialist

Lynx Healthcare

Pain Management Practice located in Albuquerque, NM

When you injure your shoulder, it can have a significant effect on your ability to do even routine tasks. If you have shoulder pain that's getting you down, the board-certified pain management specialists at Lynx Healthcare in Albuquerque, New Mexico, can help. They are experts in using physical medicine treatments as well as cutting-edge approaches like regenerative medicine to treat the causes of shoulder pain. To find out more, call or use the online booking tool today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Your shoulder is highly versatile in terms of function and range of motion, but this versatility does increase your risk of sustaining both short- and long-term injuries. Some of the more common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Labral tears
  • Chronic shoulder instability
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder

Acute injuries like dislocations and fractures require urgent medical attention. If you’re still experiencing shoulder pain after your injury should have healed, it could be because the tissues couldn’t recover fully from the trauma, leading to chronic pain.

If you suffer from chronic shoulder pain, it can make it hard to do everything from brushing your hair to driving a car. Fortunately, with help from the expert team at Lynx Healthcare, you can regain the use of your arm and find relief from chronic shoulder pain.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

The Lynx Healthcare team begins your diagnosis with a thorough examination and medical history checkup. You might also need to undergo diagnostic testing, which could include:

  • Lab studies  
  • X-rays
  • Myelogram
  • Bone scan
  • CT scan
  • MRI scan
  • Nerve conduction velocity (NCV)
  • Electromyography (EMG)

These tests provide valuable information about what’s causing your shoulder pain and the extent of any tissue damage. Once they know the reason for your shoulder pain, the Lynx Healthcare team can recommend the best treatments to give you relief.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Your treatment varies depending on the cause of your shoulder pain. If you have an injury, you might need to wear a cast or sling to immobilize the arm while your shoulder heals. Other possible treatments include:

Medication

Over-the-counter pain relief medicines might be enough for mild to moderate shoulder pain, but more severe pain might require prescription medication. The Lynx Healthcare team uses prescription medication only when necessary, at the lowest, safest dose to prevent side effects.

Regenerative medicine 

Regenerative medicine techniques like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can help the tissues in your shoulder heal when you have an injury or degenerative condition. PRP uses platelets found in your blood to jump-start the healing and repair process, resulting in fast, effective healing and relief from pain.

Joint injections 

For treatment-resistant joint pain, you might benefit from injections containing anti-inflammatory steroids and a local anesthetic.

If you have shoulder pain, get the help you need by calling Lynx Healthcare or booking an appointment online today.