Q. WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF MY SHOULDER PAIN?
A. Shoulder pain can come from a lot of different sources. You’ve got bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, rotator cuffs, cartilage, etc. So there’s a lot going on in your shoulder. If you’ve got shoulder pain, get an adaquite diagnosis to make sure you know whats going on, and then look at your options.
Q. IS SHOULDER PAIN A PROBLEM?
A. It can be a very significant problem. The shoulder is a very important joint. It has the biggest range of motion out of any joint within our body. Because of that, it has a lot of structures that need to be taken care of. And, it’s attached to some of our most useful body parts (hands, arms, etc.) Without that we can lose a lot of the fucntion that we enjoy and have learned to use throughout our lives.
Q. HOW DO I GET A PROPER DIAGNOSIS?
A. Shoulders are obviously very complex structures, so sometimes sorting out where the pain is coming from and what the problem is can be very difficult. Make sure to get an adaquite diagnosis, and sometimes that means getting a second or third opinion. We want our patients to be well informed, diagnosed and sorted out so that we can offer them the best care.
Q. WHAT TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SHOULDER PAIN AND WHAT ARE THEIR SIDE EFFECTS?
A. If you have an injury or pain, you really want to look at all of your options. Making sure you get treatment that minimizes side effects and complications is critical. There’s complications with surgery, cortisone, etc. The challenge that we have is that many surgeries leave you with scar tissue and they may or may not fix the problem. There’s also stem cell therapy, which is going to be amazing, but it’s not quite there yet. It’s very expensive and has only a 50% chance of success, which is actually pretty low.
Q. WHAT ARE THE BEST OPTIONS FOR MY SHOULDER PAIN?
A. At Denali, we take a good, hard look at a lot of the different options for taking care of shoulder pain. We love getting patients better, that’s just the reality. We’ve looked at everything from stem cell, prolozone, RenuO2, PRPO2 and the list goes on and on. There’s a time for surgery, and there’s also a time NOT for surgery. If you’d like to look at some options, check out our treatment comparison chart here.
Q. WHERE SHOULD I GO FOR MY SHOULDER PAIN?
A. Shoulder pain comes in a lot of different forms. It can be acute, and that’s something that happens right away, usually by some sort of trauma. If that’s the case, the best place to get care is often an urgent care or an emergency department. There they can perform some really quick imaging to see if it’s something that needs to be taken care of right away. Many people have pain that accumulates over time. In that scenario, most patients will start with their doctor or an orthopedist. But here at Denali Medical Center, we are also experts at diagnosing and figuring out whats going on. So make sure you look into several options. Second and third opinions can actually be very empowering.