Shoulder Pain Specialist

Progressive Wellness and Rehabilitation

Pain Management Specialists & Regenerative Medicine Specialists located in Naperville, Aurora, Wheaton, Geneva, Downers Grove, Warrenville, IL

Your shoulder provides you with awesome mobility that allows you to twist, extend, and circle your arm, but sometimes leads to joint pain and dysfunction. At Progressive Wellness and Rehabilitation, pain management and regenerative management specialist, Dr. Bill Buchar, diagnoses shoulder pain for people who live in and around Warrenville, Illinois. Call his office or book a consultation online to learn about a customized treatment plan for your shoulder issue that reduces pain and restores mobility.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What are the symptoms of shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain doesn’t need to be constant for you to seek a doctor’s intervention. You may experience sensations that are dull, achy, sharp, or severe. The pain may come on suddenly or gradually worsen over time. Everyday activities -- such as reaching up onto a shelf or brushing your hair -- can aggravate the pain, but you may also notice pain during inactivity. Sports activities, such as throwing a baseball or lifting weights, can also trigger the pain.

What are the causes of shoulder pain?

The shoulder is a complex joint where three bones meet. Muscle and connective tissue surround these bones and help keep them in place and allow them to move smoothly. If any of these muscles become tight or the connective tissue fails or wears down, you can experience serious shoulder pain.

Some examples of shoulder issues that can cause your pain include:

  • Bursitis – when the fluid-filled sacs in the joint become inflamed and cause pain
  • Tendonitis or tendon tears – when the tendons that connect muscle to bone rip or become inflamed
  • Impingement – when the shoulder blade pinches the soft tissue of the shoulder joint
  • Osteoarthritis – when the cartilage that allows for smooth movement of the shoulder joint wears down from overuse and aging

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

Dr. Buchar does a thorough physical exam and asks about your medical history to inform his diagnosis. He takes note of any swelling, muscle weakness, or abnormalities. He’ll check your range of motion and evaluate movements that aggravate your pain. He may order imaging tests as well, such as X-rays or an MRI.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Dr. Buchar creates a customized treatment plan based on the cause of your pain and your goals. If you’re an athlete, you may need more aggressive treatment than if you’re just trying to restore basic daily function.

Your individualized care may include conservative treatments, such as at-home exercises and rest. Dr. Buchar may also recommend stem cell injections or platelet-rich plasma injections to stimulate your body’s own self-healing mechanisms and rejuvenate your injured tissue. If you have pain associated with extremely tight bundles of muscle fibers, trigger point injections may provide relief.  

If you suffer from shoulder pain and dysfunction, don’t just tolerate it. Call the office of Progressive Wellness and Rehabilitation, or book an appointment online for pain relief that gets back to doing the activities you love.