There’s no question that daily life gives our shoulders a workout. Throwing a ball, lifting the groceries, pulling on a shirt–we use our shoulders constantly. When you have shoulder pain, whether from arthritis, tears in the cartilage or rotator cuff, swollen tendons, or pinched nerves, it impacts your quality of life. You want to know what’s causing your pain, and you want relief.
The shoulder is a complex machine with the most freedom of motion of any joint in the body. What we call the shoulder is actually several joints that combine with tendons and muscles to allow the arm a remarkably wide range of motion.
But this mobility can come with a cost, namely increased instability or impingement of the soft tissues and bony structures in your shoulder, resulting in pain. Typical symptoms of shoulder injury commonly begin as pain in addition to a sense of popping or instability
Your OrthoEdge physician will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine the causes of your shoulder pain. Treatment options may include activity changes, physical therapy, medication to reduce inflammation and pain, and/or injections. In certain cases, such as recurring dislocations and some rotator cuff tears, surgery may be recommended.