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Efficacy of the Shoulder Joint Injection and Improved Outcomes with Associated Physical Therapy

Shoulder Joint InjectionA mobile joint with a large range of movement, the shoulder is susceptible to injury. Shoulder pain may originate in the joint itself or arise from other surrounding structures and can be caused by injury to the joint, certain diseases or conditions such as joint instability, overexertion, and overuse. The most common cause of shoulder pain is a rotator-cuff tear. Established health care centers in New York provide effective non-surgical treatments for shoulder conditions with a range of modalities such as RICE, medication, physical therapy (PT) and shoulder joint injections.

Injections and Physical Therapy Equally Effective for Shoulder Pain

Severe shoulder pain is often treated with injections of corticosteroid and hyaluronans in and around the shoulder joint. Though not a conclusive cure, these injections may help relieve the pain and inflammation and help improve range of motion in the short-term. Experts believe that by relieving pain, corticosteroid injections allow patients to perform exercises and rehab more efficiently. Physical therapy exercises can also help prevent and/or lessen future recurrences.

Recent research suggests that physical therapy is just as effective as injections for relieving shoulder pain. The study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine in 2014 was based on a study of 104 patients with this type of pain. They were divided into two groups, with each group receiving either corticosteroid injections (CSI) or manual PT. Both groups experienced significant improvement in symptoms after one month, with both treatments reducing patient scores on pain and disability by half.

Shoulder Pain Treatment at HealthQuest

At HealthQuest, a multispecialty health care center in Brooklyn, NY, a team of orthopedic specialists, physical therapists, and other pain management experts diagnose and treat a range of shoulder conditions. Joint pain injections are used in conjunction with physical therapy exercises, rehabilitation, medications and the following modalities to address the condition effectively:

  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
  • Ice and heat treatment
  • Myofascial release
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Cortisone injections
  • Viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid (HA)
  • Ultrasound
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Pain management with Game Ready

In addition to detailed physical exam, an MRI scan may be used to map the internal structures and ensure accurate diagnosis of the shoulder condition, which speeds up treatment. Conditions treated include chronic shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, sprains and strains, rotator cuff tendonitis, rotator cuff tear, tennis shoulder, shoulder dislocation, arthritis, and bursitis.

Individualized Treatment Plans

HealthQuest’s specialized team is dedicated to providing personalized care through the various stages of diagnosis, treatment and recovery. This integrated and multidisciplinary approach works effectively to improve patient experiences and outcomes.

This is what a patient had to say about the experience at HealthQuest:

“It was difficult for me to get here 2 ½ months ago due to the pain I experienced. By my very first visit was a delightful experience. The entire staff is warm and friendly. They are compassionate and caring, after my visit I leave feeling so much better. I truly look so forward to coming here. I recommend this facility whenever I can…”

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