Shoulder Pain Specialist

Alan M Genitempo, L.Ac, DACM -  - Acupuncturist

RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab

Alan M Genitempo, L.Ac, DACM

Acupuncturist located in Nutley, NJ & In Walgreens shopping center, West Fairfield, NJ

A painful shoulder might be telling you that you’re doing too many repeated movements or too much heavy lifting. At RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab in Nutley, New Jersey, pain management specialist Alan Genitempo, LAc, DACM, treats acute, chronic, and degenerative shoulder pain using alternative therapies. To schedule your shoulder pain treatment consultation, call RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab, or book online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain affects one of your body’s most mobile joints. As a ball-and-socket joint, your shoulder can rotate and move in lots of different directions. That allows you to scratch your back, reach upward, toss a ball, climb, and perform countless other movements every day. 

Unfortunately, the shoulder’s complex setup is prone to several different injuries that can lead to pain in the joint. Many cases of shoulder pain come from repeated movements, while others happen quickly with acute injuries that often occur while playing sports. 

A few common shoulder pain causes are:

  • Rotator cuff tendinitis and injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Bone fractures
  • Impingement

At RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab, Dr. Genitempo treats shoulder pain with alternative therapies alongside therapeutic stretching and herbal supplements. He works with you to complete your treatment plan to make sure every step is doing its part. 

Am I at risk for shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain can happen to anyone, but some behaviors and prior conditions or injuries can raise your risk significantly. You may be at a higher risk for shoulder pain if you:

  • Participate in sports with lots of arm movement like baseball or tennis
  • Have unique shoulder anatomy
  • Have a past shoulder injury
  • Have a job that requires physical labor
  • Carry poor posture
  • Are 50 or older

Like other musculoskeletal pain, the risk for shoulder pain tends to get higher as you get older. You should be aware of how much you move your arms in the same repeated ways and try to rest them as much as possible. 

How is shoulder pain treated?

Treating shoulder pain requires a personalized assessment and a custom treatment plan. Dr. Genitempo offers several therapies at RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab that work well to relieve shoulder pain and stiffness. 

The following treatments can help with shoulder healing and mobility:


Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine procedure involving very fine needles that go into your muscles and tissues. Dr. Genitempo places them along specific energy lines called meridians, helping nerve stimulation communicate with your brain and begin healing the tissue damage. 

Electric stimulation acupuncture

Electrical stimulation acupuncture is highly similar to traditional acupuncture, but it includes electrical impulses that travel to your nerves through the needles and attached cables. This electrical stimulation causes a neurochemical brain response, which initiates healing. 

Dry needling

Dry needling is similar to acupuncture in its use of needles, but the similarities stop there. Dr. Genitempo places a series of needles in points of muscle tension called trigger points, which can occur near the shoulder joint and cause or worsen your pain. The needles relieve the tension in targeted areas. 

Instrument-assisted soft tissue manipulation (IASTM) and massage

IASTM and sports massages both involve tissue manipulation. During IASTM, Dr. Genitempo uses stainless steel instruments to compress your tissues. The treatment boosts circulation and breaks down scar tissue. 

Cupping therapy

Cupping therapy is like a deep tissue massage in that it stimulates better blood flow in targeted areas. The main difference is that it uses suction instead of manual manipulation to get this effect. The improved circulation reduces inflammation and improves healing for shoulder pain. 

Book your appointment by calling RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab or booking online today.