Shoulder & Upper Body Pain Diagnosis & Management Doctors NYC
At Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates you’ll get the shoulder and/or upper body pain management and care you need to reduce or eliminate your pain. Because when you’re in pain — whether it’s from an accident, sports injury, computer strain, age, or ailment — you want pain relief quickly. Appropriate and targeted shoulder and / or upper body pain management and treatment starts with a proper diagnosis from your NYC pain management specialist.
Shoulder and Upper Body Pain
One of the three most common complaints heard by NYC pain management experts involves pain associated with the upper body. Upper body pain includes discomfort that radiates through your:
- Upper back
While your upper back doesn’t undergo the kind of pressure and stress that your middle and lower back do on a daily basis, your upper body and shoulders are prone to different kinds of stressors. According to our best in class NYC pain management specialist, most upper body and shoulder pain results from:
- Poor posture
- Ineffective ergonomics
- Sudden injury
You might feel pain from any number of different disorders, including:
- Frozen shoulder
- Rotator cuff injury
- Arm and hand pain
- Arthritis of the hand or wrist
- Bible (ganglion) cyst
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Elbow bursitis
- Golfer’s elbow
- Radial styloid
- Tennis elbow
- Trigger finger or thumb
Work It Out
Incidences of upper body pain have grown in recent decades as more and more people spend considerably longer periods of time looking at computer screens. Whether you work at a desk with a monitor, pour over social media on a mobile device or spend most of your waking hours on a laptop, you are at risk for posture-induced upper body strain.
The results found by pain management doctors searching for the cause of your pain typically end up being either joint dysfunction or myofascial irritation, also called muscle pain. Your shoulders hold the large scapula muscles that attach to your rib cage and are prone to overuse and damage from poor posture. Certain sports — such as tennis, golf, football and baseball — also can lead to upper body pain in your shoulders and upper body extremities.
Lifestyle Changes Accompany Treatment
Our pain management doctor begins your treatment with exercise and a list of lifestyle changes you can make to eradicate your upper body strain. Since most pain in your upper body is related in some way to your shoulders, effective treatment often begins with stretching and strengthening exercises.
Changes you can make to ease the pressure on your upper back and prevent further back irritation include:
- Investing in a new office chair that provides sufficient support
- Moving to a new position every 15–20 minutes when you’re using a screen
- Being aware of your posture when sitting, driving, standing and walking
- Using ergonomic office tools such as keyboards, mousepads and lifts for laptops and monitors that put your screens at a proper height for you to maintain good posture
- Relying on headsets and blue tooth instead of cradling a phone on your shoulder
- Getting enough rest so that fatigue doesn’t lead to unnecessary injuries
Surgery is rarely needed to treat upper body pain since the thoracic spine is more stable than other parts of your back. Conditions such as degenerative disease, herniation and spinal stenosis occur in less than one percent of patients with upper body pain. In addition to exercises and lifestyle changes, other treatments performed by your NYC pain management specialists may include:
- Trigger point injections
- Anti-inflammatory medications
Get the Pain Relief You Need
Your NYC pain management doctor’s goal is to get you back to your normal routine with minimal downtime. After your diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor begins your neck pain management and treatment plan with the most conservative pain relief treatment. You’ll always receive non-invasive pain relief before your doctor turns to more invasive procedures like surgery.
Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates
51 East 25th St, 4th Floor, Ste B
New York, NY 10010