Don’t Let Shoulder Pain Keep You Out of the Game

June 01, 2014

Getting older doesn’t have to mean slowing down. Many people are playing tennis, golfing and staying active well into their 70s and 80s. But shoulder pain can put a cramp in your style.

“Shoulder pain can have a dramatic impact on everyday activities,” says Stephanie Muh, M.D., a fellowship-trained shoulder and elbow surgeon with the Henry Ford Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. “Simply putting on clothes, washing and sleeping become major challenges.”

But you don’t have to live with pain. Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital has expert physicians and therapists who provide state-of-the-art treatments to care for joint problems.

Causes of shoulder pain

Shoulder pain may be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Tendonitis, or irritation in the tendons
  • Inflammation or stiffness that doctors call “frozen shoulder”
  • Arthritis

“Many problems are caused just by wear and tear on the joint,” says Dr. Muh. “But that’s because we are a much more active society than we were even 20 or 30 years ago. So we can wear out tendons and develop rotator cuff tears with no specific injury.”

Getting help

Doctors may prescribe a range of treatments, including physical therapy, injections and oral anti-inflammation medication. Shoulder specialists work with physical therapists and other clinicians to create a custom program for you. For more serious issues, care can include surgery and sometimes shoulder replacement.

In all cases, relief starts with talking to a Henry Ford fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon.

“Our goal is to help people at any age get back to doing the things they enjoy,” says Dr. Muh.

Find relief for shoulder pain

If you have shoulder pain, call (248) 661-6470 or visit our Shoulder Pain section for more information and to register for a free clinical lecture about how to treat shoulder pain.