Shoulder Pain

L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group

Jonathan Levin, MD

Pain Medicine located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

Day in and day out, shoulder pain or injury can make you feel like you’re carrying heavy, painful weights on your shoulders. At L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group in the Beverly Grove area in Los Angeles, empathic pain management physician Jonathan Levin, MD, has extensive experience in determining the root cause of shoulder pain and the best possible treatments. For Dr. Levin, it isn’t just about your shoulders, it’s about your general wellness and quality of life. Book online or call L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain can be the result of an injury or irritation to the shoulder joint or the nearby tendons, muscles, or ligaments. Usually, shoulder pain happens due to strains, overuse, sports injuries, and accidents.

Certain medical conditions and diseases can cause shoulder pain, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendon rupture
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Complete or partial rotator cuff tears
  • Sprains
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Torn cartilage
  • Broken collarbone
  • Broken arm
  • Bursitis

Shoulder pain is often associated with arthritic and inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis where the pain comes and goes.

How can I ease my shoulder pain at home?

You might be able to resolve mild shoulder pain at home with over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers like ibuprofen. You can also avoid using your shoulder in ways that might make the pain worse or cause additional pain. 

Apply an ice pack to the painful area every 15-20 minutes. You can also alternate with a heat pack.

 If these simple at-home methods aren’t easing your shoulder pain and you have concerns, a wide range of professional treatments are available at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group.

When should I get medical treatment for shoulder pain?

You should book your personal consultation at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group if you experience:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth or tenderness around your joint

 You should also schedule an appointment if your pain is having a negative effect on your quality of life, daily activities, and physical functioning.

Dr. Levin might suggest various treatments to calm inflammation, support your body’s natural healing process, and ease or eliminate your shoulder pain, including: 

  • OrthoPulse® shock wave therapy
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Heat or cold therapy
  • Posture evaluation
  • Medications
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Pain-relieving injections

Stem cell therapy

Stem-cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine involving the use of stem cells. Stem cells are typically obtained from sources like your own bone marrow, your own fat tissue, or umbilical cord blood. There highly potent stem cells can give rise to more cells of the same type and other types of beneficial cells.

Shock wave therapy

Shock wave therapy uses sound waves to trigger the biological effects of improved blood supply that lead to faster and long-term healing and tissue and cell regeneration.

A combination of lifestyle changes and innovative treatments like shock wave therapy can be especially beneficial for pain relief.

Discover the right treatments for you and make your shoulder pain a thing of the past by calling L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group or scheduling through the online system.