Shoulder Pain Specialist

Rodolfo Navarro, MD -  - Sports Medicine Physician

Rodolfo Navarro, MD

Sports Medicine Physician & Orthopedic Physician located in San Antonio, TX

Sharp, shooting, or dull pain in your shoulder can get worse over time and hinder your arm’s movement. At Ortho San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, Rudy Navarro, MD, provides evaluations and nonsurgical treatment for rotator cuff tears, torn cartilage, and other sources of shoulder pain. For expert evaluation and treatment for your shoulder pain, call Ortho San Antonio or book an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q&A

What causes shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is a common symptom that can arise from a number of different causes. The most prevalent cause of shoulder pain is a rotator cuff tear. Your rotator cuff is a collection of four tendons and the bones and muscles that they hold together. This group of muscles, tendons, and bones allows you to lift your arm in all directions. 

Other potential causes of your shoulder pain are:

  • Arthritis
  • Nerve impingement
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Repetitive use injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Torn cartilage
  • Heart attack

These and other shoulder injuries can happen as a result of playing sports that require lots of shoulder use, like swimming, baseball, and tennis. They can also happen while you’re performing simple home tasks, like reaching for a cup on the top shelf or trimming a tree. Some shoulder pain is linked to chronic conditions like arthritis or heart disease.

When should I see a doctor for shoulder pain?

Not all shoulder pain requires a visit to the doctor. However, if your shoulder pain is sharp, severe, or long-lasting, Dr. Navarro can evaluate it and find the cause. 

In some cases, shoulder pain comes with other serious symptoms. You should contact Dr. Navarro for an appointment right away if the pain in your shoulder comes with:

  • A fever
  • Shoulder immobility
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Bruising
  • Heat around the joint

If your shoulder pain seems mild and you can’t recall a specific injury that caused it, using an ice pack on and off can relieve some pain and inflammation. You should also limit your shoulder movement if it feels painful. 

How is shoulder pain treated?

Dr. Navarro treats shoulder pain using nonsurgical methods and a holistic, evidence-based approach. After evaluating the extent of your injury, he may recommend one or more of these treatments:

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

PRP is a natural substance that Dr. Navarro derives from your own blood. It contains a high concentration of growth factors that can speed up the healing process. 

Anti-inflammatory medications

Anti-inflammatory medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids can reduce the swelling and relieve pain in your shoulder. 

Physical therapy

Physical therapy helps you maintain your mobility in the affected shoulder. You learn specific movements to help strengthen the joint and improve flexibility. 

If you have shoulder pain with no relief in sight, call Ortho San Antonio or reserve an appointment online today.