Shoulder Pain Specialist

Thomas C. Apostle, DO -  - Physical Medicine

Thomas C. Apostle, DO

Specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, & specializing in Psychiatry. Located in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Westlake, CA

You might not think much about your shoulders until it’s time to reach for something and the pain stops you in your tracks. Thomas C. Apostle, DO, offers expert diagnosis and treatment for shoulder pain at his offices in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Westlake Village, California. If you have shoulder pain, contact Dr. Apostle by calling his office to schedule a consultation.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

Why do my shoulders hurt?

Your shoulders are ball-and-socket joints, consisting of your clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder bone), and humerus (arm bone). The bones are held together by a network of muscles and connective tissue that provide stability and facilitate an extraordinary range of motion. 

You also use your shoulders far more than you might think, which makes them vulnerable to wear and tear and repetitive strain. You could also have shoulder pain from an acute injury. Some of the common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Torn cartilage
  • Pinched nerve
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Bone spurs
  • Fractures
  • Dislocation

You could also have shoulder pain from problems in your back or neck. For example, trigger points in your back could cause referred pain in your shoulder.

When should I talk to a doctor about shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain can impact your mobility, independence, and quality of life. You need to be able to move your shoulders to complete simple daily tasks like getting dressed or preparing food. 

If you have shoulder pain that persists for more than a couple of days, contact Dr. Apostle for help. Dr. Apostle provides comprehensive diagnostics, including physical exams and digital imaging studies like X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, to identify the condition causing your discomfort. An accurate diagnosis is critical to creating a tailored treatment program.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Dr. Apostle offers a holistic approach to shoulder pain. Your treatment plan includes therapies to relieve your pain, address the underlying condition, and improve your overall strength and flexibility to reduce your risk of future injuries. 

For example, your treatment plan could include: 

  • Anti-inflammatory medication including corticosteroids
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Osteopathic adjustments
  • Physical therapy
  • Immobilization
  • Joint injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Spine injections

Dr. Apostle also works with you to practice exercises and stretches at home. These movements not only complement physical therapy but also help you improve your shoulder strength and flexibility. It’s a critical part of recovery and future injury prevention.

In severe cases, Dr. Apostle might recommend surgery to repair your shoulder. 

Call Dr. Apostle today to make an appointment if you have shoulder pain that disrupts your life.