Shoulder Pain

Trevin Thurman, MD -  - Pain Medicine

Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine

Trevin Thurman, MD

Pain Medicine & Orthopaedics located in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, CA

Tired and aching shoulders are a common problem, but if you have shoulder pain, there could be an underlying cause that needs specialist treatment. If you have a painful shoulder, Harvard-trained, triple board-certified physician Trevin Thurman, MD, at Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine in Sawtelle within West Los Angeles, has the expertise to diagnose and treat the cause, using a noninvasive approach wherever possible. As an expert in pain and sports medicine and physical rehabilitation, Dr. Thurman is ideally qualified to help you recover from shoulder pain. Call Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine today or book an appointment online.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

There are numerous potential causes of shoulder pain. Your shoulder is a large, complicated arrangement of bones, connective tissues, muscles, and nerves, any of which could suffer an injury or be subject to the effects of aging.

Accidental damage from sporting injuries or accidents causes acute pain as the bones move out of place in the shoulder joint, or tendons and ligaments stretch too far. Degenerative conditions come on more slowly, after years of wear and tear on the joint.

What conditions can cause shoulder pain?

There are many conditions that can cause shoulder pain, some more common than others. The types of shoulder problems Dr. Thurman sees most often at Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine include:

  • Bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Dislocation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Pulled muscles
  • Labral tear
  • Shoulder separation
  • Subluxation (partial dislocation)
  • Torn cartilage
  • Broken arm or collarbone
  • Cervical radiculopathy

Chronic shoulder pain is typically due to conditions like arthritis that cause damage to the protective linings on the ends of your bones. Without protection, the bones in your shoulder can rub against one another, creating a friction that leads to joint inflammation and chronic pain.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

To diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain, Dr. Thurman needs to look at your medical history and hear you describe your symptoms. He carries out a physical exam to see if there are any indicators as to what’s wrong and assesses the range of movement you have in your shoulder.

This initial exam gives him a good idea about why you have shoulder pain. He can confirm his diagnosis using diagnostic imaging tests, which could involve having an X-ray, a CT (computed tomography) scan, or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan.

What treatments are there for shoulder pain?

At Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine, Dr. Thurman takes a natural approach to your treatment for shoulder pain. That means using therapies that are noninvasive like chiropractic manipulation, lifestyle modifications including nutrition optimization, or minimally invasive injections.

Possible treatments Dr. Thurman might include in your rehabilitation include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medical management
  • Diet modifications
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Stem cell therapy

Dr. Thurman also provides selective ablation of sensory nerves to the shoulder, a cutting edge treatment that isn’t available anywhere else in Los Angeles.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, visit Dr. Thurman before the pain gets any worse. Call Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine today to schedule a consultation or book your appointment online.