Shoulder Pain Specialist

Innovative Pain Solutions Centers

Pain Management located in Bowie, MD, Laurel, MD, & Salisbury, MD

Your shoulder is an extremely mobile and complex joint, which increases your risk of injury. If you experience a shoulder injury or develop shoulder pain, contact Innovative Pain Solutions Centers, located in Bowie, Salisbury, and Laurel, Maryland. Akara Forsythe, MD, and Joseph Oppong, Jr., MD, provide expert diagnosis and treatments for shoulder pain to help you get back to your regular activities quickly. Call or schedule a consultation online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What are the common causes of shoulder pain?

Your shoulder is a sophisticated collection of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments that come together to create an extraordinarily mobile and robust joint. You may not even realize how much you use your shoulders until you have a painful injury that reduces your mobility.

Some of the most common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Impingement
  • Fractures

If you have a shoulder injury or degenerative condition such as arthritis, one of the first symptoms you’ll notice is stiffness. Over time, you may also develop more intense pain and find a reduction in your range of motion.


How is the cause of shoulder pain diagnosed?

Dr. Forsythe and Dr. Oppong provide thorough physical evaluations to assess your pain and diagnose the condition causing it. They begin with a conversation about your shoulder pain, other symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. They perform a physical exam and will feel and move your shoulder to check your range of motion and gauge your pain.

They may also order an X-ray, MRI, or another diagnostic imaging test to gather more information about your shoulder to form a diagnosis.


How is shoulder pain treated?

Once your doctor at Innovative Pain Solutions Centers diagnoses the cause of your shoulder pain, they create a customized treatment plan to provide pain relief and address the condition causing your pain. They often combine therapies to maximize your results.

For example, they may provide a cortisone injection, topical treatments, or medication to provide pain relief as well as physical or aqua therapy to rehabilitate your muscles and tendons, ensuring your shoulder has the support it needs, and you don’t lose strength or flexibility while you recover. Your doctor may recommend a sling or immobilizing device to keep your shoulder still while you recover.


When should I talk to a doctor about shoulder pain?

If you have shoulder pain that lasts for more than a few days and doesn’t get better with rest, over-the-counter pain medicine, and hot and cold therapies, you should talk to one of the doctors at Innovative Pain Solutions Centers. Similarly, if you experience any signs of nerve injury such as numbness, tingling, or a loss of strength in your shoulders, arms, or hands, you should make an appointment right away.

For effective shoulder pain relief, call or schedule a consultation online today at Innovative Pain Solutions Centers.