LiveWell Pain Management
Nora Taha, MD
Physical Medicine & Pain Management located in Elmwood Park, NJ & Englewood, NJ
Chronic shoulder pain can keep you from doing even the simplest activities, such as washing your hair and brushing your teeth. At LiveWell Pain Management in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, Nora Taha, MD, offers comprehensive care for chronic shoulder pain, including diagnostic evaluations and customized treatment plans. Dr. Taha focuses on reducing your reliance on pain medications by using nonsurgical therapies like regenerative medicine, medical Acupuncture, and joint injections to keep you pain-free. Call LiveWell Pain Management to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for shoulder pain or request a consultation online today.
Shoulder Pain Q & A
What causes shoulder pain?
Your shoulder is a complex joint that allows you to lift your arm over your head and reach behind your back.
If you injure any of the ligaments, muscles, or bones that make up your shoulder joint, it can lead to chronic pain. Sports injuries and falls are common causes of shoulder pain. You can also experience chronic shoulder pain and immobility because of degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis.
Other common causes of shoulder pain that Dr. Taha diagnoses and treats include:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Frozen Shoulder
You can also get help at LiveWell Pain Management if you have pain after surgery to repair shoulder damage.
When should I seek treatment for shoulder pain?
If you injure your shoulder in a fall or other accident, you may find pain relief with rest and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. You may need to wear a sling to keep your shoulder still for several days as the tissues heal.
When shoulder pain is severe, or you lose mobility in your shoulder joint, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at LiveWell Pain Management. Dr. Taha assesses the range of motion you have in your shoulder during a physical exam. She also offers in-office diagnostic imaging technologies to get a better look at the inner structures of your joint.
Based on the results of your evaluation, Dr. Taha personalizes a pain management plan to relieve pain and restore function in your shoulder joint.
How is shoulder pain treated?
Initially, your treatment for shoulder pain may involve the use of anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers to make it easier to participate in physical therapy. Dr. Taha may also recommend other therapies. They include:
Acupuncture is a noninvasive treatment in which Dr. Taha inserts thin needles into specific points of your body to boost blood circulation and trigger your body’s natural healing responses.
If you have chronic pain because of nerve entrapment in or around your shoulder joint, you may be a candidate for nerve hydrodissection. This treatment uses an injection of fluid to release nerves under pressure from nearby muscles or scar tissues.
Bursa or Joint injections
Injections of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medications into your shoulder joint can relieve pain and inflammation to increase the function of your shoulder joint. Similarly, if you develop tendonitis or bursitis (inflammation of small fluid-filled sacs called bursae), you may also experience relief from ultrasound-guided injections.
Regenerative medicine therapies using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells can help your body heal from within. Injections of PRP and stem cells trigger your body to produce new cells to replace those damaged by disease or injury.
If you’re limited by chronic shoulder pain, learn more about the nonsurgical treatments available by booking an appointment online or by calling LiveWell Pain Management today.