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Shoulder Pain

Sports Medicine & Non-Surgical Orthopedic Physicians located in Boulder and Centennial, CO

Shoulder Pain services offered in Centennial and Boulder, CO

Shoulder pain has multiple causes, from acute injuries like rotator cuff tears to arthritis and other long-term conditions. If you struggle with shoulder pain, visit the Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics office in Boulder or Centennial, Colorado, for a comprehensive assessment. The practice’s dedicated orthopedists use advanced therapies that stimulate your body’s healing potential to help you avoid surgery. Call your nearest office today to arrange a shoulder pain exam or request a consultation online.

Why do I have shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain may be due to trauma, overuse, or a degenerative condition affecting the joint’s bones and cartilage or the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves surrounding it. Common shoulder pain conditions include:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Dislocation
  • Subluxation (partial dislocation)
  • Fractures
  • Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Muscle or tendon strains
  • Ligament sprains
  • Labral tears
  • Articular cartilage tears
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis

Arthritis is a frequent cause of chronic shoulder pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common, developing over the years as the joint suffers from wear-and-tear. Rheumatoid, psoriatic, and septic arthritis can also cause shoulder pain.

You might always experience pain or mainly when performing specific movements, like reaching, throwing, and lifting. You could hear popping or clicking sounds and develop weakness, joint instability, or restricted range of motion.

How does my doctor diagnose shoulder pain?

Your Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics provider sets aside an hour with new patients to ensure they have enough time to hear about your symptoms, go over your medical history, and perform a complete physical exam. They may also order a diagnostic ultrasound scan to ensure they provide an accurate, detailed diagnosis. 

After making a diagnosis, your provider prepares a personalized treatment plan for your shoulder pain. Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics offers many treatment options to help you achieve joint stability, strength, and function while reducing or relieving pain.

What treatments might help my shoulder pain?

Initial shoulder pain treatments for mild conditions include rest, medication, applying ice packs, and undergoing physical therapy.

This conservative approach is often successful, but if your symptoms fail to improve or your condition is more severe, you might benefit from steroid injections. Other advanced nonsurgical procedures Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics specializes in include:

  • Dextrose prolotherapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Microfragmented adipose tissue grafts (MFAT)
  • Bone marrow aspirate and bone marrow concentrate (BMA and BMC)
  • Focused shockwave therapy (FSW)
  • Plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF)
  • Subchondral (intraosseous) bone marrow concentrate
  • Extracorporeal pulse activation therapy (EPAT)

Your provider injects substances like PRGF and MFAT into your shoulder using ultrasound imaging, ensuring optimal accuracy and minimal tissue damage.

These treatments stimulate natural healing, increasing and improving tissue repair and growth so you heal more quickly and completely. They work on new and old injuries, even when you’ve had chronic shoulder pain for years and nothing else is helping.

Call Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics or book an appointment online today for comprehensive shoulder pain care.