Shoulder Pain Specialist

As one of the most mobile joint complexes in your body, your shoulder girdle is prone to injury and wear and tear, which can leave you with intolerable shoulder pain. As a pain management expert for the last 20 years at Regenerative Pain & Sports Medicine Center of NY/NJ, Todd Koppel, MD, is a board-certified physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating shoulder pain for adults in Clifton, New Jersey. When it hurts to lift your arm or put on a jacket, Dr. Koppel can help. He offers the latest regenerative medicine treatments and minimally invasive therapies. Call to schedule an appointment or book online.

What treatments are effective for relieving shoulder pain?

Once Dr. Koppel determines the cause of your shoulder pain using the latest diagnostic testing technology, he recommends a personalized treatment plan to heal your shoulder, relieve pain, and restore full range of motion. When your shoulder symptoms don’t respond to more conservative therapies like ice, heat, or physical therapy, Dr. Koppel often employs regenerative therapies. Regenerative therapies, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and Regenerative Cell grafts, are highly effective for both acute and chronic shoulder disorders.

PRP and Regenerative Cell injections help heal tendon tears and reduce inflammation from tendinitis or bursitis. Regenerative therapies are minimally invasive, in-office procedures that come with little downtime and a very low risk of adverse side effects. When you need medical intervention for painful shoulder conditions, regenerative medicine therapies may be an ideal solution.

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What are the common causes of shoulder pain?

A stiff, painful shoulder that hurts when you move it is usually the result of the following conditions:

  • Fracture of one or more shoulder bones
  • Overuse that leads to instability in the joint
  • Tendon issues, like bursitis, tendinitis, or rotator cuff tears
  • Arthritis from age or a previous injury
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)

If your shoulder pain is the result of an injury, it usually improves as your body heals. However, if your chronic shoulder pain comes from degenerative problems like arthritis, or overuse problems like tendinitis and bursitis, your shoulder most likely won’t get better on its own.

What does it mean to have a rotator cuff tear?

A rotator cuff tear is when your tendons — the tissue that connects your shoulder muscles to your upper arm bone — separate from the bone. This can happen from reaching and overextending your shoulder, or from throwing something, such as a baseball. A rotator cuff tear typically limits your range of motion and causes a deep ache in your shoulder that sometimes makes it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position.

If you have a rotator cuff tear, your shoulder may also feel stiff because the muscles aren’t working properly. Treatment seeks to relieve pain and inflammation so your rotator cuff can heal.

"Dr. Koppel was able to help resolve an over-training issue I've been dealing with for months. The doctor and his staff are welcoming and professional. I'd recommend them to anyone looking at non-surgical options for joint issues."

Trevor McKenzie

"After years of hip and leg pain, Dr. Koppel used PRP injections on both my hip and leg. The pain is now gone. Plasma rich protein is safe and effective. Dr. Koppel is an expert at getting to the root of the pain and eliminating it. I am eternally grateful to Dr. Koppel for his expertise and kindness."

Debbie Dolan

"Dr. Koppel is a very caring and compassionate Doctor. He is always available by phone for questions and concerns. The well-being of his patients is his top priority. I am feeling so much better from the treatment he did. I would highly recommend him"

Donald Leslie