Shoulder Pain Specialist

Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc.

Medical Clinic, Chiropractors & Physical Therapy located in Mission Viejo, CA

Shoulder pain can cause difficulty and discomfort in a wide range of activities, including lifting your arms overhead to get dressed in the morning. At Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. in Mission Viejo, California, Victor Rafa, DC, Rona Palompo, DPT, and their team offer a full array of integrative treatments for shoulder pain. Call the office or book an appointment online today to find relief from shoulder pain.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

The shoulder is the most movable joint in your body, so when an injury or illness causes pain, it can disrupt everyday life.

A ball-and-socket joint, the shoulder includes three main bones that are cushioned by cartilage and fluid-filled sacs called bursae. A group of tendons form the rotator cuff, which holds your upper arm bone in the shoulder socket and allows you to lift and rotate your arms. Shoulder pain can result from damage to any of these structures.

The team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. treats many causes of shoulder pain, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears or tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Shoulder dislocation and instability
  • Fractures of the upper arm or collarbone
  • Cartilage tears
  • Pinched nerves in the neck or shoulder (radiculopathy)


Shoulder pain may occur suddenly, like after an auto accident or falling on an outstretched arm, or it may develop slowly and worsen over time.

When should I see a doctor for shoulder pain?

Seek medical care right away if your shoulder pain follows an accident or appears suddenly without an injury. Sudden shoulder pain that’s not related to an injury may be a sign of a heart attack.

Otherwise, call Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. any time you have shoulder pain that persists longer than a few weeks and doesn’t resolve with home treatment.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed and treated?

First, the team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. asks about how your shoulder pain occurred and whether you’re experiencing other symptoms, like stiffness or clicking sounds.

They carefully examine your shoulder and check for abnormalities, like swelling or restricted range of motion. They may also take tests, like X-rays, ultrasounds, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. These tests help your provider identify the specific cause of your shoulder pain.

Then, they create an individualized treatment plan. The team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. offers many conservative treatments for shoulder pain, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medications to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture
  • Trigger point injections
  • Massage therapy


They may also recommend regenerative medicine treatments, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections.

If shoulder pain interferes with your quality of life, call Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. or book an appointment online today.