The shoulder area is susceptible to injuries that are often the result of excessive, repetitive motion.

This often includes athletic activities like swimming, tennis and pitching, as well as non-athletic activities like painting homes, moving furniture and construction.

Specifically, shoulder pain can be the result of:

  • Dislocation
  • Labral tearing
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Fractures
  • Tendonitis
  • Overuse
  • Deconditioning


Treatment Options

A physician will take your full medical history and perform a physical exam to determine a diagnosis for your pain. They may also request an X-ray to get a closer look at your shoulder area and to confirm diagnosis.

Most of the time, shoulder pain and injuries can be resolved non-operatively. In fact, over 90% of shoulder problems do not need surgery to heal. Orthopaedic physicians most commonly prescribe a series of exercises that are designed to help you regain your strength in the shoulder area. Occasionally, ultrasound guided injections of cortisone or even platelet rich plasma (PRP) can be utilized in combination with physical therapy.  Surgery is only considered when a patient has failed to recover after this conservative treatment. After surgery, your physician will generally prescribe physical therapy to help you regain full mobility and functionality.



Auburn, NH Ambulatory Surgery Center

45 Dartmouth Dr.
Auburn, New Hampshire 03032

Dover, NH Orthopaedic Clinic

19 Webb Place
Dover, NH 03820

Rochester, NH Orthopaedic Clinic

120 Washington Street Suite 101
Rochester, NH 03839

Portsmouth, NH Orthopaedic Clinic (Walk-In Clinic)

155 Borthwick Avenue, Suite 102
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Raymond, NH Orthopaedic Clinic

6 Freetown Road
Raymond, NH 03077


The number of people in the US that have shoulder replacement surgery every year, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Managing Shoulder Pain

Your shoulder pain can be treated with many non-surgical options. Speak with an orthopaedic surgeon to find the best treatment plan for your condition.

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Joshua A. Siegel, MD

Knee & Shoulder

Dr. Siegel is an award-winning surgeon with more than 20 years of experience. He is a US Olympic Committee team physician, a US ski team physician and covers USGA and PGA tour events. Locally, he is the team physician for several high schools, including Phillips Exeter Academy.

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David Davis, MD

Knee & Shoulder

Dr. Davis specializes in the treatment of sports-related injuries and has contributed to numerous scholarly publications. His experience includes working as an assistant team physician for the Boston Celtics and Tufts University football and hockey programs. Currently, he is a team physician for several New Hampshire Seacoast high schools.

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Benjamin Thompson, MD

Knee & Shoulder

Dr. Thompson is an award-winning surgeon, with team physician experience working with the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Lowell Spinners, the Pro Bull Riders Tour and Worcester Polytechnical Institute football team.

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How can I tell if I tore my rotator cuff?

If a tear in your rotator cuff has occurred, you will most likely feel pain in the front of your shoulder that spreads down the side of your arm. Lifting or reaching your arms up may present pain as well. If you suspect a rotator cuff tear, you should visit an orthopaedic physician for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.