Shoulder Pain That Keeps You Down
Chronic shoulder pain may arise from many different underlying causes. Surprisingly though, the nondominant arm is often the problem shoulder. Some people have shoulder pain that evolves slowly, while others only develop shoulder pain at an advanced age. The late onset of shoulder pain is associated with severe degenerative changes and patients are shocked to hear they may need a shoulder replacement surgery.
This list makes up a great majority of frequently seen shoulder problems:
– Shoulder Arthritis
– Shoulder Impingement
– Rotator Cuff Tears
– Bicep Tears
– Labral Tears
– Acromioclavicular (AC) separations and arthritis
– Shoulder AVN or Osteonecrosis
Symptoms of Shoulder Impingement
Shoulder impingement is not specific to a problem as symptoms can be derived from underlying problems. Additionally, when a patient presents and the supraspinatus tendon is compressed against the acromioclavicular joint (AC), visible damage to the AC is clear on x-ray. Additionally, a spur may extend downward from the AC joint which acts like a dagger sticking into the supraspinatus tendon when certain movements or impingement occurs. Some people have a variant type of AC joint known as a downsloping acromion, which acts as a spur. This essentially results in a net lack of clearance for the supraspinatus tendon with certain motions. Over time the supraspinatus will wear from friction against the AC joint resulting in fraying, scarring or over supraspinatus tears.
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About Dennis M. Lox, M.D.
Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or have arthritis from aging, Dr. Lox can help.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. is an internationally renown Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. Dr. Lox incorporates Regenerative Medicine techniques such as cell science applications, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Tissue Engineering aspects, to help patients from around the world with a vast array of problems. Dr. Lox is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lox lectures extensively and has edited two PM&R textbooks, the prestigious A State of the Art Review (Star) on Low Back Pain, and Soft Tissue Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. maintains an active practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California.