When your shoulder hurts, you might not be able to move your arm or complete your daily tasks. At Interventional Orthopedics of Washington in Bellevue, Washington, expert interventional orthopedist Otoño Silva, MD, alleviates your shoulder pain by identifying, eliminating, and healing the cause. If you have shoulder pain, contact Interventional Orthopedics of Washington by phone or by using the online request form.
The socket of your shoulder joint is shallow so that you can move your arm in many directions. However, the shallowness increases stress on your labrum and rotator cuff, which is made up of tendons, and muscles. It’s easy to injure your rotator cuff or injure, sprain, or strain your tendons and ligaments when you:
You can also develop shoulder pain if you have:
Some types of shoulder pain don’t start in the shoulder but radiate downward from tense neck muscles. Dr. Silva takes the time to do a thorough physical exam and perform a diagnostic ultrasound to determine the underlying cause or causes of your shoulder pain.
Treating shoulder pain as soon as you feel it increases your chances of being able to heal the underlying injury. If you ignore shoulder pain, you can develop complications, such as worsening tears, osteoarthritis or “frozen shoulder,” which keeps you from moving your arm.
Dr. Silva avoids the “band-aid” approach to pain and never attempts to mask it with long term use of painkillers or steroid injections. Instead, he views the body as a sophisticated machine that relies on the health of its interrelated parts for optimal function.
Dr. Silva’s aim is to identify all of the factors that contribute to your pain, and then heal them with lifestyle changes, supportive therapies, and regenerative medicine. Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) can be treated without surgery using a few simples injections. Rotator cuff tears can heal with stem cells or PRP and help you avoid surgery and a slow and painful recovery.
Dr. Silva customizes treatment based on your physiology, the types of injuries you have, and your lifestyle. Treatment can include:
He might also recommend minimally invasive procedures like:
Dr. Silva injects regenerative therapies directly into the site of injury, using ultrasound or x-ray to guide him. Regenerative therapies stimulate your body’s own healing capabilities to heal injured tissue, and restore comfort and mobility.
To address the underlying cause of your shoulder pain, contact Interventional Orthopedics of Washington by phone or using the online form.