The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint consisting of the humerus, the clavicle (collarbone), and the scapula (shoulder blades). The shoulder joint also includes cartilages that cushion the surrounding bones, four tendons, ligaments, and other components. You can suffer shoulder pain if any joints, muscles, ligaments, cartilages, bursae, or other components are severely damaged or worn down. Dr. Patel carefully evaluates the true root cause of shoulder pain to curate a minimally invasive treatment plan that ensures safe and optimal results.

Possible Causes of Shoulder Pain

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

Rotator cuff tendinitis is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. The rotator cuff comprises four tendons (tissues that connect the muscles to the bone). If any of the tendons in the rotator cuff are inflamed or injured, you may have trouble lifting your arms over your head.

Impingement Syndrome

Impingement syndrome is a condition wherein your rotator cuff is caught between the part of the scapula that covers the ball (acromium) and the ball portion of the humerus (humeral head). This can lead to a reduced range of motion and shoulder pain.


You may experience shoulder pain because of injuries to any part of the shoulder anatomy, including the tendons, muscles, ligaments, or bones. You may also suffer from repetitive use or overuse injuries when you overuse the shoulder joint, particularly while playing sports.


Arthritis is a condition wherein your joints are worn down and inflamed, leading to considerable joint pain. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common types of arthritis, but any type of arthritis can affect the shoulder joint, leading to shoulder pain and discomfort.

Other Causes:

  • Torn cartilage
  • Heart attack
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Broken shoulder bone
  • Pinched nerve
  • Bone spurs
  • Swollen bursae
  • Torn rotator cuff

Symptoms of Shoulder Pain:

  • Reduced range of motion in the shoulders
  • Pain and discomfort in the shoulders
  • Warmth and redness in the shoulders
  • Radiating pain in the neck, arms, or back
  • Clicking and popping sounds on the shoulder joint
  • Grinding sensations when you move your arms
  • Muscle stiffness, weakness, and fatigue

Non-Surgical Shoulder Pain Treatment in Edison

Your shoulder pain treatment starts with a thorough assessment of your condition. The pain doctor will do a physical examination to check your range of motion and feel for signs of tenderness and swelling, following which they’ll administer various imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans. After diagnosing the root cause of shoulder pain, they’ll curate a personalized treatment plan, which may include pain medications, physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, nerve blocks, and other minimally invasive treatments.

Schedule an Appointment

Edison Spine & Pain Management is a state-of-the-art interventional pain management practice specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder pain. Our pain doctors use cutting-edge diagnostic techniques to identify and treat the root cause of shoulder pain, helping you lead a pain-free life without relying on opioids. We avoid surgical treatments and favor minimally invasive treatments, such as injections and nerve blocks. Please schedule an appointment to explore your shoulder pain treatment options in Edison.

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