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Shoulder Pain

Rheumatology Center of New Jersey

Rheumatologists located in Princeton, Somerville, Flemington and Monroe, NJ

Shoulder pain is one of the most common sources of chronic pain. What many people don’t know is that there is a slate of reasons that could be causing their shoulder pain, and most are treatable. At the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey, rheumatology experts diagnose and treat shoulder pain with the latest medical advances. Put an end to your shoulder pain today. Call or book an appointment online at the center’s Monroe, Somerville, or Flemington, New Jersey location.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What are the types of shoulder pain?

Your shoulders are made up of four moving parts, and any of those four can be the source of your pain. There are dozens of known causes of shoulder pain, and complicating the diagnosis of those sources is the fact that they can overlap, making it hard to diagnose and treat the cause of the pain correctly.

That’s why it’s imperative to visit the board-certified rheumatologists at the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey who specialize in soft tissue and joint issues.

They are experts in treating shoulder pain that stems from:

  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Strain
  • Myofascial pain
  • Contusions
  • Tears
  • Brachial plexopathy
  • Fracture

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

Diagnosing your shoulder pain is a lot more complicated than pointing at the area that hurts. To find the correct solution, your rheumatologist will first run a battery of physical examinations to determine your range of motion and strength to discover which movements cause the most discomfort.

Based on the results of the physical exam, your doctor may want to run imaging tests like X-rays or an ultrasound. X-rays determine if fractures or spurs are causing your pain, while ultrasounds are good for viewing soft tissue damage.

How is shoulder pain treated?

At the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey, noninvasive treatments are always the first choice when it comes to healing shoulder pain. Identifying the source of your shoulder pain is the most crucial step in getting it back into shape.

Depending on both the severity of your shoulder pain and unique physiology, treatment options vary. They may include:


Anti-inflammatories, painkillers, and corticosteroids can be used to alleviate the pain and allow the shoulder to heal.

Physical Therapy

Retraining the injured shoulder with targeted movement is sometimes the best option to get it back into proper, functional order.


Often, rest and non-use are all the injured site needs to allow your body to fix the problem.   

If you have chronic or new shoulder pain, don’t wait to see if it will go away. Know for sure. Call or schedule an appointment online with the Rheumatology Center of  New Jersey.