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Shoulder Pain Specialist

Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C.

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Englewood, CO & Aurora, CO

When your shoulder hurts, you might not be able to move your arm or complete your daily tasks. At Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C., which has locations in Englewood or Aurora, Colorado, John Schwappach, MD, can alleviate your shoulder pain by identifying, eliminating, and healing the cause. If you have shoulder pain, contact Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C. by phone or book online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

Why do I have shoulder pain?


The socket of your shoulder joint is shallow so that you can move your arm in many directions. However, the shallowness increases stress on your labrum and rotator cuff, which is made up of tendons, and muscles. It’s easy to injure your rotator cuff or injure, sprain, or strain your tendons and ligaments when you:

  • Raise your arms repeatedly
  • Throw an object, such as a ball
  • Swing an object, such as a bat
  • Are in a car accident
  • Fall on your shoulder
  • Suffer a blow or trauma to your shoulder

You can also develop shoulder pain if you have:

  • Arthritis
  • A pinched nerve
  • A fracture
  • A rotator cuff tear

Some types of shoulder pain don’t start in the shoulder but radiate downward from tense neck muscles. The physicians at Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C., take the time to do a thorough physical exam and perform diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause or causes of your shoulder pain.

What happens if I don’t treat shoulder pain?

Treating shoulder pain as soon as you feel it increases your chances of being able to heal the underlying injury. If you ignore shoulder pain, you can develop complications, such as worsening tears, osteoarthritis, or “frozen shoulder,” which keeps you from moving your arm.

How is shoulder pain treated?

The team at Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C., avoids the “band-aid” approach to pain and doesn’t attempt to mask it with long-term use of painkillers. Instead, they view the body as a sophisticated machine that relies on the health of its interrelated parts for optimal function.

At Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C., the aim is to identify all of the factors that contribute to your pain and then heal them with lifestyle changes, supportive therapies, and regenerative medicine. Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) can be treated without surgery using a few simples injections. Rotator cuff tears can heal with stem cells or PRP and help you avoid surgery and a slow and painful recovery.

What kinds of therapies help relieve shoulder pain?

Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C. customizes treatment based on your physiology, the types of injuries you have, and your lifestyle. Treatment can include:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Adding to or modifying your exercise regimen
  • Acupuncture, massage, or chiropractic care
  • Supplements
  • Physical therapy
  • Prolotherapy
  • Joint injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Stem cell therapy

The team at Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C. can inject regenerative therapies directly into the site of injury, using ultrasound or x-ray for guidance. Regenerative therapies stimulate your body’s own healing capabilities to heal injured tissue and restore your comfort and mobility.

To address the underlying cause of your shoulder pain, contact Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C. by phone or book online today.