Shoulder Pain

Sameer Syed, MD, MPH -  - Pain Management

Pain Treatment Institute

Sameer Syed, MD, MPH

Pain Management located in Plano, TX & Sherman, TX

Shoulder pain affects up to 26% of adults in the United States at any given time and is often a debilitating condition. Don’t let shoulder pain hinder your quality of life. Call board-certified pain management physician Sameer Syed, MD, MPH, at Pain Treatment Institute in Plano and Sherman, Texas. He and his team use innovative treatments to relieve shoulder pain and enhance healing. Call to make an appointment today or book online.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain involves pain or discomfort in your shoulder joint, which is one of the most complex parts of the human body.

Symptoms of shoulder pain include:

  • Dull or aching pain
  • Sharp or severe pain
  • Pain when lifting your arm
  • Swelling or stiffness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Shoulder or arm weakness
  • Inability to move your shoulder
  • A visible deformity

Shoulder pain can develop gradually or show up suddenly after an injury. If you experience severe pain or the pain doesn’t go away over time, check in with Dr. Syed to determine what’s causing it and discuss treatment options.

What causes shoulder pain?

Joints, tendons, and muscles in your shoulder function together to produce a wide range of motion in your arms. Because of this complexity, the shoulder is also more susceptible to injury and pain than other, simpler joints in your body. Shoulder problems can result from:

  • Arthritis or wear and tear
  • Fractures
  • Tendon tears
  • Tendonitis or joint inflammation
  • Shoulder instability
  • Impingement
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocation

Less common causes of shoulder pain include nerve-related problems, infections, and tumors. Dr. Syed determines the root cause of shoulder pain to establish the most appropriate treatment.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

At Pain Treatment Institute, Dr. Syed diagnoses a shoulder injury or pain after reviewing your symptoms and medical history and completing a comprehensive medical examination. He may order lab or imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRIs.

What is the treatment for shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain treatment might be as simple as lifestyle changes or medications, but treatment depends on what’s causing your pain, Dr. Syed might recommend:

Injection therapy

Dr. Syed might recommend shoulder injections that ease pain, lubricate the joint, or reduce inflammation. He often uses this treatment when long-lasting relief is needed.

Rest, heat, and ice therapy

Sometimes simply resting your shoulder and applying heat or ice to it restores the joint without further treatment.

Physical therapy

Certain physical therapy stretches and exercises strengthen your shoulder joint to maximize healing and ease pain.

Medications

Oral medications can also reduce inflammation and pain associated with shoulder disorders.

Surgery

Surgery is used as a last resort when other pain management options fail or if it’s the only way to fully restore your shoulder joint’s structure and function.

Your diagnosis and treatment plan is specifically tailored to meet your individual needs by Dr. Syed at Pain Treatment Institute, so you get on the path to better health quickly. Call for an appointment today or use the online scheduler.