SHOULDER PAIN DIAGNOSIS
Living with undiagnosed shoulder pain can be challenging, and at Manhattan Pain & Sports Associates, it is our mission to restore your quality of life as soon as possible. In order to develop a complete treatment plan for your specific concern, our team will complete a thorough diagnosis. We believe that pain management should be as minimally invasive as possible, and both our diagnostic measures as well as our treatment recommendations closely follow this approach.
Various types of shoulder issues require specific methods of testing, however we will always begin your visit with a conversation about your medical history, activities, and symptoms. Identifying an instance of chronic pain compared to an issue that was the result of a sports injury may assist in the ways we recommend treating your pain.
The shoulder specialists at Manhattan Pain & Sports Associates will then perform a physical examination, carefully evaluating your shoulder and assessing your range of movement. In some cases, simply being able to see how your shoulder moves can give us an indication of the problem.
If you have been in pain for a long time and have a family history of arthritis, it may be possible that osteoarthritis is the cause. Our team will take a blood sample for further evaluation and may even remove some of the fluid that lines your joints to explore the cause of your shoulder pain.
Many other shoulder issues including impingements, bursitis, and tendonitis can benefit from a battery of tests that allow us to see what’s going on inside of the joint. X-rays can help to identify if a bone spur is a contributing cause of the concern while an MRI can also provide additional information. For many shoulder concerns we prefer to use an ultrasound, as this technology gives us an accurate understanding of the inner workings of this area of the body.
The professionals at Manhattan Pain & Sports Associates know that your time is valuable and we work diligently to provide comprehensive diagnoses that quickly get to the heart of your concerns. We make it a priority to relieve your shoulder pain and provide you with peace of mind.