Shoulder Pain Specialist Questions and Answers
At Spine and Orthopedic Institute, our specialists can provide relief from shoulder pain.
Shoulder pain can come in many forms, from acute and mild to chronic and severe. Common forms of shoulder pain result from strains, sprains and muscle tears. When your shoulder is aching, it can impede upon your range of motion. This can negatively affect your quality of life and should be evaluated by a shoulder pain specialist right away.
How does an orthopedic surgeon treat the shoulder?
Orthopedic surgeons can utilize a wide range of treatment and therapies to treat shoulder pain and irregularities. Common procedures include:
Shoulder arthroscopy: This is performed to repair tissue inside and around the shoulder or to remove bone spurs.
Total or partial shoulder replacement or revision surgery: This surgical procedure is utilized when the shoulder joint needs replacement or when repairing a previous joint replacement.
Rotator cuff surgery: This operative treatment is used to remedy tears and other injuries to the rotator cuff, which are the tendons and ligaments that connect the muscles and allows your shoulder to rotate.
Diagnostic arthroscopic shoulder surgery: This procedure uses a tiny camera to examine the exact location and severity of damage to the shoulder joint.
Capsular shift of the shoulder: This treatment is used to tighten ligaments that have been stretched.
Superior labrum anterior to posterior (SLAP) repair: In this reparative procedure, stitches and anchors are used to reattach the upper part of the labrum and biceps tendon attachment.
Debridement: A common treatment in wound care, debridement involves the removal of frayed tissue around the shoulder with a surgical blade.
Loose body removal: When a soft tissue becomes injured, fragments can break loose and float around the joint. With the use of surgical instruments such as a grasper or shaver, orthopedic surgeons gather and remove detached pieces of torn or loose tissue around the shoulder joint that cause irritation, pain, swelling and locking.
Lysis of adhesions/manipulation: Performed under anesthesia, this therapy frees up and releases thickened capsule and scar tissue around the shoulder to treat stiffness and adhesive capsulitis.
What are common shoulder injuries?
Common shoulder injuries include the following:
- Cartilage tear
- Rotator cuff tear
- Frozen shoulder
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Bone spurs
When should I see an orthopedic surgeon for shoulder pain?
If you experience any of these symptoms due to a musculoskeletal injury, it is time to consider visiting an orthopedic specialist:
- Inability to carry items
- Inability to move the arm or joint
- Night time shoulder pain that impedes sleep
- Pain while shoulder is resting
- Swelling, bruising, or discoloration of the shoulder
- Inability to lift your arm
- Pain in the shoulder that lasts longer than a couple of days
- Any signs of infection
- Shoulder swelling
- Skin is warm to the touch
- Shoulder is red or inflamed
- Extreme pain
- Fever or fatigue
It is imperative to seek medical care immediately if your shoulder pain is accompanied by abdominal pain, trouble breathing, or tightness of the chest. These symptoms could indicate a severe medical condition, such as a heart attack.
Do I need a referral to see an orthopedic surgeon for shoulder pain?
While primary care physicians can treat most cases of non-urgent shoulder pain, they may refer you to a specialist if your condition requires specialized care.
If you or someone you know is experiencing shoulder pain, come to The Spine and Orthopedic Institute at St. Vincent Charity for treatment! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating shoulder pain and can provide you with the relief that you need. For more information of our shoulder pain treatments, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our shoulder pain specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today. We serve patients from Medina OH, Middleburg Heights OH, Akron OH, Parma OH, and Wellington OH.