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Shoulder Pain Specialist

Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C.

Sports Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Lawrenceville, NJ

Your shoulder has a more extensive range of motion than any other joint in your body, so shoulder pain can interfere with many activities. At Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, a team of highly trained orthopedic specialists provides patient-centered treatment for shoulder pain in children and adults. If you or your child has shoulder pain, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

The shoulder is a highly flexible ball-and-socket joint that joins three main bones: the upper arm bone (humerus), collarbone (clavicle), and shoulder blade (scapula). 

Cartilage serves as a cushion for these bones and helps them glide easily over one another. Four tendons make up the rotator cuff, which gives the shoulder a versatile range of motion.

Damage to any of these structures can lead to shoulder pain. The skilled team at Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. treats many causes of shoulder pain, including:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Shoulder instability
  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Torn cartilage
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Pinched nerves
  • Shoulder impingement

Some of these conditions are the result of a sudden injury, like a fall on an outstretched arm. Others develop gradually, like an overuse injury from repetitive motions or degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis.

Participating in sports like baseball, weightlifting, and CrossFit® may increase your likelihood of developing shoulder pain.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

The team at Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. evaluates the whole person to determine the root cause of shoulder pain. 

They begin with a review of your symptoms and medical history. They perform a physical exam, which may include a functional assessment to identify any biomechanical imbalances that can cause shoulder pain.

Depending on what they find in the exam, your provider may administer tests, such as an on-site musculoskeletal ultrasound or X-ray. These tests help them diagnose the exact cause of your shoulder pain so they can recommend the best approach to treatment.

How is shoulder pain treated?

After they diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain, the team at Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. develops an individualized treatment plan. They work together with physical therapists, occupational therapists, orthopedic surgeons, and athletic trainers to ensure you receive the best care.

Depending on the type and severity of your shoulder pain, treatment may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • Diagnostic ultrasound
  • Immobilization in a cast or sling
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroid injections

They may also recommend complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, or chiropractic care.

To find relief from all types of shoulder pain, call Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C., or book an appointment online today.