Shoulder pain can result from a sudden impact that damages muscles, tendons, or bones. Pain and loss of function can develop gradually over time. Fortunately, at Physical Medicine of Oklahoma, we can improve healing and function that can mean a return to pain-free living for our patients.
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The shoulder is a complicated structure, but it’s this very complexity that enables us to reach the top shelf, catch or throw a baseball or even dance the night away. While the internal structure of a shoulder is innately strong, it may not hold up to assaults from repetitive stress, dislocations, severe impacts, or the gradual deterioration that results from arthritis.
The variety of pain relief treatments we offer can help an athlete return to the field or court more quickly or help an arthritic patient recover mobility. We have done the research to bring a wide range of therapeutic treatments under one roof, meaning that we can offer our community excellent hope for improvement of shoulder pain — and many other kinds of pain, as well.
Treatments for Shoulder Pain
Because of our knowledge and expanse of therapies, it is possible to help patients overcome a dependence on painkillers, resume normal activities, and even avoid surgery in many cases.
- Many cases benefit from chiropractic treatment to restore mobility to joints in the spine or shoulder itself
- We have many ways of improving the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, including nutritional counseling, cold therapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation
- Function Muscle Restoration helps free up muscles that may have locked due to injury
- Lifestyle changes and at-home exercises help each patient contribute to healing and maintain long-term mobility
For many patients with shoulder pain, these treatments may be all that is needed. But in cases when more intensive healing is needed, we may choose to incorporate our treatments containing Wharton's jelly* into a patient’s regimen.
What is Wharton's Jelly*?
Wharton’s jelly*, a structural tissue allograft is applied directly to the site of the defect using a syringe. Application of Wharton’s jelly* has shown to improve capacity for daily activities by decreasing pain and inflammation, all by improving soft tissue strength and integrity.
It contains a high concentration of growth factors, proteins, and cytokines that contribute to the regenerative process by signaling the body’s own cells to the site of the defect. By supplementing the defect with Wharton’s jelly*, our goal is to use this structural tissue supplement as a non-invasive alternative to surgery.
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We also offer platelet-rich plasma therapy for shoulder injuries. Platelets are tiny blood cells activated when the body suffers an injury. They go right to work to start healing. By concentrating a patient’s own platelets and injecting this plasma into the area that needs to heal, greater shoulder pain improvement is possible.
If you or a loved one suffer from shoulder pain in Oklahoma City, Edmond, or any nearby area, call us today at (405) 726-2727 to schedule a free consultation.
*The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has defined this product as being regulated by the FDA as a human tissue product subject to Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act and 21 CFR 1271. The product is a minimally manipulated umbilical cord allograft that is intended for homologous use only. CMS has described muscle and cartilage tears as examples of homologous use.