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Shoulder Pain Specialist

Carlos A  Uquillas, M.D. -  - Sports Medicine Specialist

Carlos A Uquillas, M.D.

Sports Medicine Specialist located in Los Angeles, CA, Pasadena, CA, & Anaheim, CA

As an amateur or professional throwing athlete, you’re at increased risk of developing chronic shoulder pain. At his Los Angeles offices in Pasadena and Westchester, and in San Fernando Valley/Tarzana, California, experienced sports medicine specialist Carlos Uquillas, MD, offers advanced treatment of chronic shoulder pain. These treatments include regenerative therapies and joint replacement surgery. If you’re limited by persistent pain in your shoulder, schedule a diagnostic evaluation online, or call the office of Carlos Uquillas, MD, nearest you today.

Shoulder Pain

What causes shoulder pain?

A complex joint, your shoulder gives you the ability to move your arm in various ways. Acute shoulder pain most often arises from overuse of the muscles when you’re at work or participating in your favorite sports. Overuse of the muscles surrounding your shoulder joint can lead to constant inflammation and pain.

When your shoulder pain becomes chronic (it doesn’t go away in a short time), it can be due to more severe injuries or underlying conditions like:

  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Tendinitis
  • Shoulder instability
  • Rotator cuff tears

These conditions can cause stiffness, pain, and loss of range of motion in your shoulder and arm. These all get worse over time.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

If you experience shoulder pain that won’t go away, even with rest and home care, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation with Dr. Uquillas as soon as possible. Untreated conditions like arthritis and rotator cuff tears can lead to your pain getting worse and, ultimately, to disability.

In addition to a physical exam, Dr. Uquillas uses on-site X-rays and other diagnostic technologies to identify the root cause of your shoulder pain. Tests can also determine your condition’s severity so that he can create the right treatment plan for your needs.

How is shoulder pain treated?

To ease your shoulder pain and restore your joint’s mobility, Dr. Uquillas designs a treatment plan that initially uses minimally invasive techniques to preserve your joint. He will often recommend immobilizing your shoulder to relieve inflammation and help your body heal naturally.

Dr. Uquillas also uses regenerative therapies, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections. Injecting these substances found naturally in your body causes your body to produce new cells to replace damaged ones.

If you’ve suffered a severe rotator cuff tear or ongoing shoulder instability, Dr. Uquillas can recommend surgery to repair or replace part or all of your joints. He specializes in advanced joint preservation surgery to restore joint function and relieve chronic pain.

You don’t have to live for another minute with chronic shoulder pain. Call the office of Carlos Uquillas, MD, nearest you, or request a diagnostic consultation online today.