Shoulder Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in New Jersey
From persistent, nagging discomfort to serious conditions warranting surgery, shoulder pain can have a significant impact on your quality of life. If you or a loved one is seeking an experienced shoulder pain doctor in Northern New Jersey, consult with Dr. Thomas Ragukonis at Bergen Pain Management. With over 20 years of practice as a board-certified NJ Top Doc, he addresses a wide range of painful shoulder conditions through minimally invasive surgery and non-surgical remedies. Visit us today in Paramus, West New York, or Union, NJ.
Shoulder Conditions We Treat
Because shoulders are amongst the most flexible joints in the body, they are unfortunately highly prone to injury and chronic conditions causing pain, weakness, tingling or popping sensations, and mobility impairments. These and other worrisome symptoms could all point to a number of shoulder conditions, and Dr. Ragukonis can provide an accurate diagnosis to form the best course of treatment. At Bergen Pain Management, we treat the following shoulder conditions and more:
- Bursitis: This condition occurs when the bursa, a fluid-filled sac lying between the tip of the shoulder and top of the arm bone, experiences swelling and causes discomfort and redness in the area.
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS): After sustaining an injury, undergoing surgery, or experiencing a heart attack or stroke, chronic pain may develop in specific areas of the body, such as the shoulder. The pain is typically greater in severity than would be expected by its cause.
- Frozen shoulder syndrome: Also known as adhesive capsulitis, this condition is accompanied by pain and stiffness with symptoms beginning gradually and worsening over one to three years, and resolving on its own.
- Glenohumeral/shoulder arthritis: Arthritis, the condition responsible for joint inflammation, can occur in the shoulder and result in pain and stiffness.
- Impingement syndrome: When the tendon or bursa comes in contact with the acromion, the highest point on the shoulder blade, they can become impinged and cause pain and irritation.
- Instability: If the upper arm bone’s head is forced out of the shoulder socket, whether from overuse or injury, the shoulder is vulnerable to repeat dislocations and is considered unstable.
- Little league shoulder: This overuse injury is prevalent in youth overhand pitchers ages 11 to 16 and causes swelling and pain due to the widening of the shoulder’s growth plate.
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD): This rare disorder affects the nervous system and is characterized by severe chronic pain in the shoulder.
- Separation: The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is located at the collarbone’s meeting point with the acromion. When separation occurs in the shoulder area, it actually affects the AC joint, not the shoulder itself.
- Subluxation: This term describes the partial dislocation of the shoulder, meaning the humerus’ head is causing unsteadiness and pain due to being partially out of the socket, or glenoid.
- Tendinitis: This condition involves the inflammation of the tendons in the shoulder’s rotator cuff.
Shoulder Treatment Options at Bergen Pain Management
To effectively address shoulder pain, Dr. Ragukonis will explore various treatment options to form a plan that meets our patients’ needs and preferences. These may include: