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Shoulder & Elbow Pain

Shoulder & Elbow Pain services offered in Jacksonville, Gainesville, Lake Worth, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Panama City and Miami, FL, Brunswick, Savannah and Pooler, GA and Bluffton, Greenville and North Charleston, SC

Shoulder and elbow pain can prevent you from doing simple things like opening cabinets and doors. At Medicus Spine & Joint, the premier orthopedic surgeons and interventional pain management experts offer full-spectrum diagnosis and treatment of shoulder and elbow pain in five offices in Brunswick, Georgia; Mount Pleasant and Bluffton, South Carolina; and Gainesville, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville, Florida. Click on the provided online scheduler or call the office to schedule a consultation today. 

Shoulder & Elbow Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder and elbow pain?

Shoulder and elbow pain can stem from injury, overuse, congenital differences, and age-related changes to the joints and tissues in these areas. Some of the most common specific causes are:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendon tears (rotator cuff injuries)
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Joint dislocation
  • Inflammation (bursitis)
  • Tendinitis
  • Cartilage damage, like labral tears
  • Muscle and tendon strains
  • Ligament sprains
  • Fractures

While elbow pain may start in the elbow or the attached tendons, it can also start in the shoulder. For example, rotator cuff tears can cause this kind of shooting pain. 

When should I see a doctor for help with shoulder and elbow pain?

Shoulder and elbow pain can quickly grow serious. If you have persistent shoulder or elbow soreness, severe pain, or occasional shooting pain, you should seek help to avoid a serious complication.

While pain is enough of a reason to seek help, it’s particularly important to reach out to Medicus Spine & Joint immediately if you notice sudden swelling, a change in the general appearance of your shoulder or elbow, a bulge in your arm, or lose movement in your shoulder and arm.

Until your appointment, stop using your elbow and shoulder as much as you can. Have someone else drive you to the office if possible. 

How is shoulder and elbow pain treated?

Shoulder and elbow pain often respond to conservative integrative approaches. Medicus Spine & Joint offers patients a full range of nonsurgical treatments that don’t rely upon the heavy use of habit-forming opioids. Some of the common first-line approaches include: 

  • Chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga
  • Physical therapy with gentle stretching

These methods can facilitate natural healing and pain relief, but you might need stronger help, like injections in some cases. Corticosteroid injections reduce inflammation for up to a few months.

Another option is cellular rejuvenation injections, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP uses heavily concentrated platelets from your own blood to stimulate natural healing and tissue repair.

Some issues (for example, a severe rotator cuff tear or late-stage shoulder osteoarthritis) may require surgery. The Medicus Spine & Joint surgeons have extensive experience in advanced surgical techniques and always use the approach with the smallest incisions, lowest chance of infection, and fastest recovery time possible. 

Medicus Spine & Joint understands how much your pain is holding you back, so they’re here with solutions. Book your appointment online or call the office nearest you for help today.