Shoulder Pain

If you are seeking treatment for shoulder pain, you’re not alone. Conditions that impact the shoulder – a ball and socket joint that provides a full 360 degrees of motion – are common in people of various ages. Let’s take a look at what factors play into shoulder pain and how it is treated.

Shoulder pain causes

Many medical issues can cause or worsen shoulder pain. A few of the most common include:

  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Joint instability
  • Broken bones
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve impingement

Shoulder pain isn’t always a sign of an underlying medical condition, but be sure to speak with a physician if your pain persists after a few days of rest. In the event your shoulder pain is severe in nature, seek immediate medical care.

Shoulder pain treatment

Just as there are several conditions that can contribute to shoulder pain, there are many treatment options available. Your best course of treatment will depend on the underlying source of your discomfort, but many care plans include:

  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Medication to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Activity changes
  • Physical therapy

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to stabilize the joint or repair more extensive problems like rotator cuff tears. Surgical treatments can range from minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures to remove scar tissue, to total joint replacement to replace damaged joint ends.

Orthopaedic Specialists provides a full spectrum of conservative and surgical shoulder pain treatment options in the Greater Pittsburgh Region. Led by board-certified physicians with backgrounds in research and education, our orthopedic practice can be your first choice for specialized joint care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


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