Shoulder pain is common and will affect many people at some point. Professional athletes, sports enthusiasts, and people whose jobs require repetitive motion are more likely to experience shoulder pain from overuse and injury.
Shoulder pain, which can range from a dull, aching pain to sharp, stabbing sensations, is just one symptom of a shoulder problem. Other symptoms can include:
- Numbness or tingling in the shoulder or arm
- Shoulder weakness
- Inability to move shoulder, or limited range of motion
- Muscle spams
- Shoulder stiffness
- Shoulder swelling
- Visible deformity (common with sudden injury)
Shoulder Pain Causes
Overuse, shoulder injuries, and wear and tear with aging can all cause shoulder pain, but the most common causes are:
- Shoulder instability
- Inflammation in the shoulder (from bursitis or tendinitis)
- Shoulder fracture
Shoulder instability happens when the ball of the upper arm bone comes out of the shoulder socket, either partially or completely (dislocation). Nobilis Health care professionals know shoulder dislocations are usually caused by a sudden injury, but they can also happen from overuse. If the supporting structures (ligaments, tendons, and muscles) around the shoulder become loose or torn, shoulder dislocations can happen repeatedly. Shoulder surgery may be necessary to prevent future dislocations and arthritic shoulder.
Shoulder fractures are common from sports injuries, falling, and other trauma, such as car accidents. Most shoulder fractures can be treated without surgery. When bones in the shoulder become displaced and move from their correct anatomical positions, however, surgery is required to realign the bones and ensure they heal properly.
Treatments for Shoulder Pain at Plano Surgical Hospital
Our orthopedic doctors at Nobilis Health will generally opt for conservative, non-invasive treatments for shoulder pain first. These can include applying heat and ice to the affected area, medications to reduce pain and inflammation, physical therapy, and others.
More serious shoulder problems may require surgery. The expert orthopedic surgeons partnering with Nobilis Health are trained in the latest surgical techniques, including minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. Our doctors perform surgeries at Plano Surgical Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility specializing in orthopedic surgery.
Other Conditions We Treat
Nobilis Health and partners treat the full spectrum of orthopedic injuries and conditions, including:
- Neck pain and related injuries/disorders
- Back pain and related injuries/disorders
- Hip pain and related injuries/disorders
- Knee pain and related injuries/disorders
- Ankle pain and related injuries/disorders
Schedule Your Shoulder Pain Consultation Today
It’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible for shoulder pain. Waiting could make the problem worse. Please call our Southlake office at 817-310-8783 to schedule a consultation with our expert orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Kevin James.
You’re in good hands with Nobilis Health and Plano Surgical Hospital, partnering with the best orthopedic doctors in the state at Advanced Spine & Orthopedics.