Will I Need Surgery to Cure My Chronic Shoulder Pain?

Will I Need Surgery to Cure My Chronic Shoulder Pain?

More than 50 million Americans currently live with chronic pain, and for many of those, chronic shoulder pain can severely impact the ability to perform day-to-day tasks. Bursitis, impingement,  frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears — your shoulder might hurt for many reasons. But, thankfully, surgery isn’t your only option.

Brenton Wynn, MD, a double board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, and his team here at Wynn Over Pain offer non-surgical therapies to help you find relief from chronic shoulder pain at their offices in Chula Vista and National City, California. 

While surgery may be the right path for some individuals, we want to take the time to explore some non-surgical options to help you get relief.  

Understanding shoulder pain starts with a diagnosis 

Your shoulder has an amazing range of motion, but you might not think about it until it hurts. Shoulder pain can come on suddenly in an acute injury, or it can develop slowly over time.

Dr. Wynn recommends the appropriate traditional (or even non-traditional) pain management treatments, but which treatment is right for you depends on the source of your chronic pain. The first step to any treatment plan is an accurate diagnosis.

Imaging tests, like MRIs and X-rays, can help confirm your diagnosis, and ultimately, these images can help shape your treatment plan. 

Surgery isn’t the only solution

If your shoulder pain prohibits you from simple tasks like putting on a sweater or carrying in the groceries, you might wonder if you’re destined for surgery. The good news is that not all individuals with chronic shoulder pain require surgery. 

Dr. Wynn may prescribe medication to help manage your pain. In addition to medication, you may also benefit from nonsurgical treatments such as:

Joint injections

Joint injections deliver medication 一 often steroids and anesthetic medicines 一 directly into the affected area. Steroids combat inflammation, while the anesthetic provides pain relief. Thanks to the guidance of ultrasound or fluoroscopic imaging, Dr. Wynn delivers the medication exactly where you need it most. 

Lifestyle modifications

Depending on the source of your pain, you may benefit from temporary lifestyle modifications while your shoulder heals. This may include limiting extreme motions such as lifting heavy weights or swinging a baseball bat. Not sure if you need to alter your activities? Dr. Wynn provides guidance on what activities you should limit and (most importantly) when you can safely return to them.


Sanexas technology provides electric nerve stimulation therapy to relieve chronic joint pain -- and it’s available at Wynn Over Pain. Dr. Wynn adjusts the wavelengths of energy and targets specific muscles and nerves in your shoulder. 

If you’re looking for non-surgical options to alleviate shoulder pain, we can help. Contact one of our offices today and start exploring your options. You can also request an appointment online.

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