Shoulder pain can result from a number of factors, including sprains, strains, and tears to shoulder ligaments and joints.
When pain is the result of these factors, our shoulder specialists provide medical management to alleviate the shoulder pain.
Medical management includes prescriptions for pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medications, or injections, including cortisone and platelet-rich plasma to send targeted relief directly to the source of the pain.
At Duke Orthopaedics, patients have access to advanced treatments, including ultrasound-guided injections.
In ultrasound-guided injections, doctors use ultrasound to guide a needle to the direct source of shoulder pain. They then inject the shoulder with anti-inflammatory medication, steroids, or platelet-rich plasma to target the pain and relieve discomfort.
Platelet-rich plasma injections are a relatively new therapy available at only select orthopaedic practices.
With platelet-rich plasma injections, a doctor uses specialized equipment to extract concentrated plasma from a patient's blood. Using an ultrasound to guide the needle, the shoulder specialist then injects the plasma directly into the injured portion of the patient's shoulder.
The concentrated platelets contain growth factors that encourage tissue recovery and allow the injured tendon or ligament to heal.
Doctors at Duke are skilled at recognizing patients whose shoulder pain can be relieved through medications, steroids, or platelet-rich plasma injections.
In addition, we offer patients access to the newest medications and therapies through our carefully regulated clinical trials.
Call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) to schedule an appointment with a Duke orthopaedist in the Triangle of North Carolina. We see patients from Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, and beyond.
Physicians offer medication management of shoulder joint pain, including anti-inflammatory medications, ultrasound-guided injections, and platelet-rich plasma injections include:
Medical management of shoulder joint pain, including anti-inflammatory medications, ultrasound-guided injections, and platelet-rich plasma injections, is offered at locations convenient to patients in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill, NC, including: