Shoulder Pain Specialist

Prime Regenerative and Pain Management

Dev Sen, MD

Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine located in Stafford, VA

Shoulder pain develops when your muscles and joints are under strain, and the resulting twinge can soon turn into a more severe and painful problem. Dev Sen, MD, of Prime Regenerative and Pain Management, provides state of the art diagnostic facilities and cutting edge treatment options to patients in the Stafford, Fredericksburg, and Woodbridge areas of Virginia. If you have pain in one or both shoulders, make an appointment to see Dr. Dev before it gets any worse by calling the clinic today, or book using the online tool.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is frequently caused by an injury to the joint, muscles, or connective tissues, or results from a degenerative problem like arthritis. Trauma from accidents and sporting injuries results in acute pain due to impact damage or stretching and tearing of the tissues. Degenerative shoulder pain typically comes on more slowly; starting as a niggle or mild discomfort, but failing to resolve and getting worse over time.

What conditions can lead to shoulder pain?

There are many common conditions that involve an element of shoulder pain, such as:

  • Bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Pulled muscles
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Labral Tear
  • Shoulder separation
  • Dislocation
  • Subluxation (partial dislocation)
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Torn cartilage
  • Broken arm or collarbone
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Septic arthritis
  • Tendon rupture

Degenerative conditions such as arthritis are the most frequent cause of chronic shoulder pain. Arthritic joints lose the protective cartilage that covers the ends of the bones, allowing them to rub against each other. The exposed bones become inflamed as they rub together, creating pain and swelling that is likely to worsen over time.

What treatments are there for shoulder pain?

The treatment Dr. Sen recommends depends on the cause of your shoulder pain. The first stage is to make an accurate diagnosis of why your shoulder is hurting and address any issues such as poor posture, overloading, incorrect manual handling techniques, or repetitive movements that could be contributing to the pain.

Dr. Sen diagnoses the cause of your shoulder pain by carrying out a physical exam and viewing the results of diagnostic imaging tests, which could be an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI scan. He may perform a nerve function test to check for nerve damage or ask for blood tests to rule out any inflammatory or infectious causes.

The next stage is to apply one or a combination of treatments that Dr. Sen finds most beneficial for patients with your condition. Possible treatments include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medical management
  • Steroid injections into the joint
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Stem cell therapy

Dr. Sen is highly skilled at using advanced diagnostics to pinpoint the cause of your pain, and he has a range of innovative treatment options available to reduce inflammation and help restore function, whatever the cause of your shoulder pain. Call Prime Regenerative and Pain Management today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sen, or book online.