Shoulder Pain Specialist

Joseph Hadi, MD -  - Pain Management Specialist

Joseph Hadi, MD

Pain Management Specialist located in Encino, CA

Shoulder pain can be hard to shrug off, and if your shoulders are painful or damaged, you won’t be able to shrug at all. When shoulder pain is affecting your life, Joseph Hadi, MD, in Encino, California, can help. Dr. Hadi is a double board-certified specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine who provides effective treatment solutions for shoulder pain. In most cases, with his help, you can avoid the need for surgery. Call California Pain Institute today to find out more or book an appointment online.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

The shoulder is a large joint that can rotate in many directions. To enable this degree of mobility, your shoulder consists of a complex system of bones, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, and muscles that need to function harmoniously. 

Shoulder pain can develop if any one of these parts gets damaged or starts to wear out. Acute shoulder pain usually arises when you suffer an injury, which could happen playing sports, working, or being in an accident. 

Chronic pain tends to develop more slowly, and likely without you being aware of what triggered it. The cause is often tissue or joint wear-and-tear or overuse injuries.

What conditions can cause shoulder pain?

Ligament sprains, tendon and muscle strains, nerve damage, and fractures or dislocation can all cause shoulder pain. Some of the specific conditions that might cause shoulder pain include:


There are many forms of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, which is also known as degenerative joint disease, is the type that affects more people than any other. 

Arthritis causes joint inflammation and pain that worsens gradually. It develops when the bones in your joints lose their covering of cartilage. Without the tough, slippery cartilage, bones start to rub together, creating friction, which leads to chronic inflammation.


Tendinitis affects the tendons in your shoulder when you overuse them. Sports like tennis and occupations like house painting can cause minute tears in the tendon that build up over time and cause inflammation.


Another condition that causes pain when you raise your arms is bursitis. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that cushion your shoulder joint. Friction from tendons near the bursae can cause inflammation and pain.

Rotator cuff injuries

The rotator cuff is a web of muscles and connective tissues that holds your shoulder in position while allowing you to move freely. Injuries like shoulder dislocation can tear the rotator cuff, causing acute shoulder pain. 

Labral tears affect the labrum that lines the socket of your shoulder joint and often occur during dislocation as well. Repeated dislocations can lead to joint instability.

Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is a problem that makes your shoulder too stiff to move properly. It develops if you don’t use your arm for an extended period, so it's most common after you’ve had your arm in a cast or sling.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Treatments for shoulder pain can vary depending on the cause. The options for treating shoulder pain at California Pain Institute include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Activity modification
  • Acupuncture
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Stem cell therapy
  • PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy
  • Traumeel® anti-inflammatory preparation
  • Zeel® Injection Solution
  • Steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks

If you have shoulder pain, visit us to find treatments that effectively reduce your pain and improve your range of movement. Call today to schedule a consultation or book online.


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