Shoulder Pain

Joseph P. Mullane, MD

Sports Medicine & Family Medicine located in Hamilton and Robbinsville, Hamilton Square, NJ

Shoulder pain is common in athletes, especially if you play baseball, football, or any other sport with repetitive arm movements. At his private practice in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, Joseph Mullane, MD, treats shoulder pain from sports injuries, overuse injuries, and even certain degenerative conditions. Whether you’re an athlete or not and live near the Hamilton and Robbinsville neighborhoods, call Joseph Mullane, MD, for expert shoulder pain care or request an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain can originate in any of the many structures within your shoulder. It’s common because of the movements you might make every day using the joint, whether they be more akin to throwing a baseball or reaching to grab objects off a top shelf.

Numerous injuries and some degenerative joint conditions can be the source of pain in the shoulder, often causing stiffness or immobility. Dr. Mullane can assess your painful shoulder to diagnose the condition causing your pain, which may be:

  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Arthritis
  • Torn cartilage
  • Nerve impingement
  • Bone spurs
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Swollen bursae
  • Referred pain from your spine

By far, rotator cuff tendinitis is the most prevalent cause of shoulder pain. To make sure he has a broad understanding of the type and extent of your shoulder damage, Dr. Mullane may perform imaging tests like X-rays or ultrasounds. 

Which treatments can address shoulder pain?

One of Dr. Mullane’s main specialties is treating joint pain, and he offers several options that are applicable and effective for shoulder pain. Before recommending any treatment, he performs a full assessment and takes the time to listen to your concerns and preferences regarding treatment. 

For severe shoulder pain or pain that doesn’t seem to improve no matter what you do, Dr. Mullane might recommend some combination of:


Prolotherapy is an injectable treatment that works for joint pain, like shoulder pain, by upping the joint’s damages. In response, your natural healing mechanisms jump into action to grow new, stronger fibers in your tendons, ligaments, or joint sacs. 

PRP therapy

PRP therapy is another injectable option for shoulder pain and other damaged joints. The substance includes growth factors, proteins, and platelets from your blood suspended in yellow plasma. They enhance the healing process that is already occurring within the joint by promoting cell and tissue regeneration. 

Manual therapy

There are many techniques in manual therapy, including therapeutic exercises and joint mobilization. Joint mobilization is a particularly effective technique for shoulder pain. During a session, Dr. Mullane applies pressure on the joint in various directions to help the shoulder become more mobile and less painful.

How can I prevent shoulder pain in the future?

Taking some simple steps in your day-to-day life can ease potential stress on your shoulder and help you avoid injuries and pain in the future. Taking the following steps can reduce your risk:

  • Icing your shoulder after strenuous exercise
  • Learning to stretch your rotator cuff tendons properly
  • Warming up before your workouts
  • Training in different sports to diversify your regular shoulder movements
  • Sleeping on the side opposite your shoulder pain

If you’re not sure how to effectively stretch your shoulder to improve its range of motion, Dr. Mullane can show you simple exercises or refer you to a physical therapist. 

To find out why your shoulder pain hasn’t improved or is getting worse by the day, call Joseph Mullane, MD, or request an appointment online today.