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Shoulder Pain

What is shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is one of the most common complaints worldwide. In most cases, the pain usually occurs as a result of wear and tear of the rotator cuff. Arthritis of the shoulder, shoulder dislocations, and poor shoulder posture are other causes of shoulder pain.

For patients who suffer from chronic shoulder pain or injuries, Advanced Sports & Spine offers customized shoulder pain treatment in Charlotte. We utilize revolutionary and innovative approaches for pain management. These procedures are integrative and include regenerative medicine and non-surgical, non-opioid treatments.

treatment for shoulder injuries in Charlotte NC

Shoulder Injuries

Sprains, strains, tears to the shoulder

Shoulder injuries occur as a result of sprains, strains, and tears on the rotator cuff. These injuries can affect the muscles and tendons of the shoulder.

Rotator cuff disorder is a common cause of shoulder pain due to several factors, such as excessive repetitive motion from strenuous activities like swimming and tennis. Also, it can occur as a result of age or from common daily activities such as gardening or even raising your arms. Discomfort can even occur from sleeping too often on one side of the arm or poor posture. Treatments for rotator cuff syndrome depend on the cause and severity of the shoulder condition.


The shoulders are the most movable joints in the body and are prone to injuries. Shoulder pain may be caused by trauma, dislocations, arthritis, overuse, or general wear and tear.

treatment for shoulder osteoarthritis in Charlotte

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that affects many people worldwide. The condition can affect joints of the body including the shoulders. Osteoarthritis of the shoulder joint occurs as a result of progressive mechanical wear and tear of the tendons, cartilages, and ligaments supporting the joint tissue.

Osteoarthritis can develop with age or following an injury. Genetic factors may also increase the risk of this disease.

Osteoarthritis of the shoulder joints often leads to discomfort, inflammation, and pains. Certain types of shoulder pains may resolve after a brief period of rest. But those resulting from osteoarthritis require medical intervention by experts.

treatment for Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis in Charlotte, NC
Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis

Frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis causes stiffness of the joints, which results in pain in the shoulder. If left untreated, the shoulder loses its rotation function and becomes very difficult to move. Physical therapy is often recommended for the treatment of the frozen shoulder. Because conditions can persist for up to three years, expert medical advice by a shoulder pain specialist is advised. The expert will assess your condition and symptoms and recommend appropriate exercises or treatments that will bring you relief and restore the shoulder’s functionality.

treatment for biceps tendonitis in charlotte nc
Biceps Tendonitis

Bicep tendonitis occurs as a result of inflammation of the tendon that connects the biceps muscle to the shoulder. It can occur as a result of mechanical wear and tear or as a consequence of the normal aging process. Bicep tendonitis causes strong, painful irritation. Bicep tendonitis can also occur due to progressive wear and tear of the tendons, continuous heavy lifting, injury, and shoulder impingement. Expert medical intervention is required to diagnose bicep tendonitis and recommend appropriate therapy that will restore joint health.

treatment for rotator cuff conditions including tendonitis and bursitis in Charlotte
Rotator Cuff Conditions Including Tendonitis and Bursitis

The rotator cuff is the part of the shoulder that protects the shoulder joint and enables you to easily move it around and even over your head. Structurally, the rotator cuff is composed of muscles and tendons. However, when injured as a result of sprains, tension, or mechanical wear and tear, it gets inflamed and results in tendonitis and bursitis. Other rotator cuff conditions include rotator cuff tear, rotator cuff tendinopathy, and more.

treatment for triceps tendonitis in charlotte
Triceps Tendonitis

Tricep tendonitis is a very common condition of the joint. It usually results from overuse of the  arm during strenuous activities or even normal daily activities. In this condition, the tendon that connects the muscle on the back of the arm (commonly known as the tricep) to the elbow bone gets inflamed resulting in pain and weakness of the arm.

If the pain persists, it extends to the shoulder region and results in even more distress. Treatment with over-the-counter medications may provide immediate relief. However, chronic tricep tendonitis that persists for days may require appropriate diagnosis into the cause and possible treatments that suit your specific needs.

Treatment for shoulder instability in charlotte
Shoulder Instability

Shoulder instability is a condition that occurs when there is detachment, wear, or tear of the lining of the shoulder joint. This condition results in a loose shoulder which may fall out of the joint of the shoulder socket repeatedly. Shoulder instability often occurs as a result of sudden injury.

Visual examination or x-ray studies may be required to diagnose shoulder instability. Treatment may require intervention by pain specialists using approaches that are non-surgical but regenerative and customized to your needs using advanced, innovative methods.

Treatment for AC joint or SC joint sprains/osteoarthritis in charlotte
AC Joint or SC Joint Sprains/Osteoarthritis

This refers to acromioclavicular (AC) and sternoclavicular (SC) joint injuries. The acromioclavicular (AC) and sternoclavicular (SC) joints help secure the shoulders in place.

Tensions in the form of sprains or arthritis resulting from mechanical wear of these joints can lead to the shoulder losing its functionality, especially mobility. In most cases, patients usually experience shoulder separation and limited range of movement of their arms. Appropriate diagnosis may require both physical examinations and using imaging studies. Treatment often involves interventional approaches with advanced regenerative procedures to bring about fast recovery and restoration of shoulder functions.

Treatment for subacromial bursitis in charlotte
Subacromial Bursitis

This is caused by the inflammation of the bursa, which results in intense pain in the shoulder when you attempt to move your arm. It is usually caused by trauma, persistent overhead activities resulting from normal daily activities, or strenuous or rigorous exercises such as weight lifting.

Treatment for scapular winging in charlotte
Scapular Winging

Scapular winging is a painful condition that affects the shoulder blades. When a shoulder blade sticks out of its place, it becomes a winged scapula. Pain from scapular winging can be debilitating, thus affecting the individual’s ability to lift their arms, raise an object, pull or push heavy objects. Scapular winging may result in pains that require medical intervention by a pain specialist for diagnosis and appropriate treatments.

treatment for myofascial pain syndrome in charlotte
Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic disorder resulting from unusual sensitivity from certain sensitive points (or trigger points) in the muscles of the shoulder. Notable causes of myofascial pain syndrome include muscle injury from normal activities or strenuous ones that may lead to the development of the trigger points. Stress and anxiety from repeated strains can also lead to the development of trigger points in the shoulders.


Frequently Asked Questions

About Treatments for Shoulder Pain


We offer several different options for treating shoulder pain at our pain management center in Charlotte, NC. We treat shoulder pain using regenerative medical procedures such as PRP therapy and stem cell therapy. We also utilize innovative treatment methods such as steroid injections, viscosupplementation, nerve blocks, and other revolutionary procedures for alleviating or eliminating shoulder pain.


Exercises are a great way to strengthen and support your shoulder and restore its mobility. A combination of exercises and treatments may be necessary to fully restore functionality to your shoulder and eliminate pain. Certain types of exercises may worsen pains in your shoulders, so we recommend that you discuss your exercise plans and choices with your doctor before you start them on your own to avoid further damage to your shoulder. A simple rule of thumb is to avoid exercises that worsen your pain. Our experts can assess the cause of your shoulder pain and recommend the appropriate exercises and treatments that are suitable for your shoulder condition.


Most cases of shoulder pain usually resolve on their own after a short time of a few exercises. However, shoulder pain that lingers on for weeks requires appropriate medical assessment. Untreated shoulder pains may affect a person’s quality of life and overall well-being, so it is always a good option to check with a pain specialist for appropriate therapy. A pain specialist like Dr. Ahmad can assess your pain, evaluate your symptoms, and help you prepare a treatment plan that will provide you immediate relief and restore functionality to your shoulder.


Shoulder pain is caused by several factors that may manifest from mild to severe cases of shoulder pain. Depending on the cause of the pain and level of discomfort, mild cases can resolve with rest or with just simple exercises. However, more serious cases may require intervention by pain specialists. It is difficult to tell if a shoulder condition will resolve  on its own or not, so it is advisable to consult with a pain specialist to evaluate your symptoms so you can know the next steps.


The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body. This makes it very unique. However, like other joints, it wears down with age and is prone to wear, tear, and injuries. 

A great way to keep your shoulders healthy is to protect your joints by strengthening them through exercising, stretching, and not overloading your joints. Exercise regularly to maintain your shoulder’s mobility, stability, and functionality.


The duration of discomfort from shoulder pain varies depending on the cause of the pain. Mild cases usually resolve on their own following a brief period of rest or intervention with over-the-counter medications. Acute pains involving minor injuries may resolve after some days or a couple of weeks. More severe cases usually require medical interventions by pain specialists to relieve your pain. Experts may recommend treatments, physical therapy in the form of exercises, and possible lifestyle changes that may relieve discomfort once the source of the pain has been determined.


Finding the right and effective treatment for shoulder pain requires determining the cause of the pain. Schedule an appointment for an evaluation with one of our experts. Once the root of your pain is known, we can devise a custom treatment plan to relieve your shoulder pain.

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