Shoulder Pain Specialist

Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine

Michael C. Geraci, Jr., MD, PT

Physical Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Williamsville, NY

Every time you wave hello, throw a ball, or grab your coat, your shoulder performs its job admirably. But when shoulder pain strikes, you begin to appreciate the scope of its functions. At Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine, Michael C. Geraci Jr., MD understands how integral your shoulder is to your daily routine and works with you to find immediate relief and long-term solutions. If you’re in Williamsville, New York and you’re experiencing shoulder pain, call or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

How does the shoulder work?

Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that demonstrates just how versatile these joints can be. If you try windmilling your arms, reaching back, or holding your hands high above your head, you witness the incredible range of motion your shoulder provides.

Allowing this range of motion are bands of connective tissue, namely your rotator cuff, that keep your arms attached to your body while allowing them the freedom to move in almost every direction.

What can cause shoulder pain?

Problems with the rotator cuff typically cause shoulder pain. This band of connective tissue, or tendon, is the most hardworking component in your shoulder and, over time, the wear and tear can begin to cause problems.

Rotator cuff issues often arise out of repetitive use, which is why they’re also called pitcher’s, swimmer’s, or painter’s shoulder.

As your rotator cuff is taxed, small micro tears begin forming. This can cause inflammation and pain in your shoulder. If left untreated, these tears can grow larger and cause more severe rotator cuff problems.

There are, of course, other problems that can cause shoulder pain, including:

  • Bursitis
  • Impingement
  • Instability
  • Fracture
  • Arthritis

While your shoulder's design and responsibilities leave it open to injury and degenerative problems that lead to shoulder pain. And, as with all of your joints, the earlier you seek medical intervention, the better.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed and treated?

During your initial exam with Dr. Geraci, he reviews your symptoms and any relevant medical history. He also reviews the stresses you put your shoulder to understand what might be at play.

Once he’s reviewed your problem, Dr. Geraci performs a functional evaluation, which reveals a great deal when it comes to shoulders. Some people may suffer pain only when they lift their arm, or when they move it from side to side, and each symptom points Dr. Geraci toward a diagnosis.

After reviewing advanced imaging of your shoulder, usually an X-ray or ultrasound, Dr. Geraci begins your treatment plan, which may include any of the following:

  • Ultrasound-guided injections
  • Manual medicine
  • Functional rehabilitation
  • Regenerative medicine, including platelet-rich plasma and stem cell therapy
  • Prescription medications, only when needed
  • At-home exercises
  • Surgical referral, if necessary

To wave goodbye to shoulder pain, call Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine.