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.



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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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Specializing Doctors

Joshua A. Siegel, MD

As Sports Medicine Director at Access, Dr. Siegel specializes in arthroscopic and minimally invasive procedures for treating shoulder pain and injuries. – Serving All Locations

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A. David Davis, MD

Dr. Davis’ clinical practice includes arthroscopic surgery with a focus on shoulder dislocations, rotator cuff repairs and labrum repairs. – Serving All Locations

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Benjamin Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson’s surgical focus includes arthroscopic and open treatment of the shoulder and elbow including joint pain and fractures. – Serving All Locations

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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.