Specialist Shoulder Pain Treatment
Chronic shoulder pain is not something you should simply get used to – find a tailored solution to your individual condition with Hertfordshire Pain Consultants.
For most of us, shoulder pain comes as a result of taut shoulder muscles caused by stress, poor posture or ‘sleeping funny’, and it is usually nipped in the bud with the help of muscle relaxants, pain killers and gentle exercise. On the other hand, we understand that chronic shoulder pain is extremely difficult to live with, since it restricts both mobility and the ability to relax properly when sitting or sleeping. To make matters worse, shoulder pain is often accompanied by neck pain.
Common Conditions Causing Chronic Shoulder Pain
The shoulder is comprised of a ball and socket joint, providing fluid movement. This mobility is a blessing, however the area tends to get easily injured due to wear and tear. Additionally, not all severe shoulder pain comes from joint issues – it can also be the result of problems in other areas such as the neck and upper back.
These are some common conditions which result in patients suffering chronic shoulder pain:
- Arthritis – the joint becomes inflamed and therefore painful.
- Frozen Shoulder – a thickening, swelling and tightening of the flexible tissue that surrounds your shoulder joint, leaving less space for your upper arm bone in the shoulder joint so that movement becomes stiff and painful.
- Sub Acromial Impingement – also called ‘swimmer’s shoulder’ or ‘thrower’s shoulder’, pain is caused when the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles become irritated and inflamed.
Treatment for Chronic Shoulder Pain
If you’ve been experiencing severe shoulder pain for a month with no improvement or are finding that normal over the counter pain killers have no effect, you’re strongly advised to visit a shoulder pain specialist – we will get to the root of the problem and formulate a comprehensive, tailored pain relief program to reduce your suffering and significantly improve your quality of life. Additionally, severe shoulder pain often has a number of causes, so it’s important to understand the condition thoroughly before it gets worse or causes more problems.
Depending on the severity of your condition, treatments range from physiotherapy and prescribed medications to spinal injections and surgery. To give you an idea of the range of options we have in our arsenal to provide you with effective shoulder pain relief, here is a list of typical treatments:
- Prescribed Medications
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Steroid Injection
- Sub Acromial Corticosteroid Injection
Rather than detailing complex medical procedures here, our Pain Management Clinic approach rests on getting to know patients thoroughly and discussing with them in person the shoulder pain treatment program that is best suited to their needs.
Please feel free to Contact our team of experts to discuss your individual condition – we are dedicated to providing effective shoulder pain relief to help you resume living life to the fullest.
Dr Johann Emmanuel – Consultant In Pain Medicine
Bsc, MBBS, MRCP, FRCA, FFPMANZCA, FFPMRCA
Speciality : Pain Medicine
Year Qualified : 1999