Integrated Pain Solutions
Halina Snowball, MD
Pain Management located in Stamford, CT
Sports injuries and accidental damage are common causes of acute shoulder pain, but chronic pain is likely to come from conditions like arthritis. If you have chronic shoulder pain, Halina Snowball, MD, of Integrated Pain Solutions in Stamford, Connecticut, can help. Dr. Snowball is an expert in administering regenerative medicine therapies such as PRP and stem cell therapy, as well as physical therapy and complementary treatments like acupuncture. Call Integrated Pain Solutions today to find out more, or schedule an appointment using the online booking form.
Shoulder Pain Q & A
Why do I have shoulder pain?
Shoulder pain can result from an injury like a fall, an accident at work or on the road, or sports or other physical activities. Acute injuries typically cause sudden pain and often some loss of function.
Mild muscle sprains are a common cause of acute shoulder pain, but you could suffer more severe injuries like a rotator cuff tear, dislocation, labral tear of the cartilage in the shoulder socket, or a fracture.
Chronic shoulder pain can be a result of one of these acute injuries failing to heal properly. Shoulder pain can also develop over time if the tissues in or around the joint start to deteriorate.
Bursitis (inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that help protect the joint) and tendinitis (inflammation in the tendons connecting your muscles to the bones) are both likely causes of chronic shoulder pain.
Arthritis — especially the age-related wear-and-tear type, osteoarthritis — is one of the most common causes of joint pain in general.
What are the treatments for shoulder pain?
Physical therapy plays a vital role in rebuilding strength and range of motion in your shoulder without making the condition worse. Other treatments like therapeutic massage, acupuncture, and yoga can all enhance the recovery process.
Extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT®) is another type of treatment that can help with shoulder pain. EPAT uses pressure waves to stimulate tissue repair and accelerate healing.
Regenerative medicine techniques achieve similar results for patients with shoulder pain but use human cells to boost tissue repair.
What types of regenerative medicine help with shoulder pain?
Dr. Snowball uses a range of regenerative medicine techniques to help relieve shoulder pain.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a concentrated solution of platelets that Dr. Snowball extracts from your own blood. Platelets contain a plentiful supply of growth factors, a type of cell that's vital for tissue repair.
Stem cell therapy
Stem cells are also vital for healing, as they can change into different cell types according to your body's needs. You have a reasonable supply of stem cells in your bone marrow, which Dr. Snowball can extract and inject into your shoulder. Exosome therapy is a type of stem cell therapy that just uses part of the cell.
Placental matrix is a substance that attendants at birth often discard once it has served its purpose. However, placental tissue is a rich source of many healing cells that can promote tissue repair.
These regenerative medicine treatments are effective and safe methods of helping to heal tissue damage that's causing shoulder pain. For shoulder pain that doesn’t respond to other approaches, you might require joint injections containing anti-inflammatory steroid medication.
If you want to take advantage of these cutting-edge therapies, call Integrated Pain Solutions today or book an appointment online.