Shoulder Pain

Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center

General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine located in Waxahachie, TX & Hillsboro, TX

When your shoulder hurts so much that it keeps you from day-to-day activity, it’s time to seek help from the experts at Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center, with offices in Waxahachie and Hillsboro, Texas. Experienced orthopedic surgeon Robert Roye, MD, and his dedicated team do their very best to put an end to your shoulder pain and help you function normally again. Click the online appointment maker or call the nearest office for a consultation now.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Some common reasons for shoulder pain include:

Rotator cuff injuries

The rotator cuff — the tendon and muscle group that holds your shoulder joint in place — is one of the most common sites for shoulder pain. Chronic overuse or certain abrupt motions can potentially aggravate or tear these tissues, leading to serious shoulder pain along with restricted range of motion.

Fractures

Fractures are broken bones. The most common shoulder fracture occurs in the clavicle, the bone linking the breast plate to your shoulder. Falls are the main reason for shoulder fractures.

Sprains

Shoulder sprains occur when the ligaments that lend support and stability to your shoulder joint grow stretched or tear. Sprains can happen with sports injuries, auto accidents, and falls.

Labral tears

The labrum, the thick cartilage around the shoulder socket, stabilizes the joint. A labral tear can occur inside the labrum or tear away from the bone. The labrum may also tear where the biceps tendon attaches. This injury, a superior labrum anterior to posterior (SLAP) tear, can cause serious pain and disability. Labral tears are a common sports injury.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis wears the cartilage in your shoulder joint down, which means you're eventually left with very little joint cushion. Shoulder osteoarthritis can cause serious shoulder pain, along with a great deal of stiffness. 

Shoulder pain may occur for many other reasons, as well. Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center can help you find the source of pain. 

How do you diagnose shoulder pain?

The Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center team examines your shoulder, which includes gently moving the joint and asking you to move your arm. They go over your medical history and any history with shoulder problems to determine a preliminary diagnosis. 

Usually, you'll need at least one imaging test, such as an X-ray, to narrow down the cause of your shoulder pain. If you have a suspected rotator cuff injury or other kind of soft tissue problem, you may need a diagnostic ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan. 

How does shoulder pain treatment work?

The team recommends noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments whenever possible. Typical nonoperative shoulder pain treatments include:

  • Oral medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Brace or sling
  • Orthobiologic treatments
  • Steroid joint injections

For severe shoulder pain that doesn’t respond to nonsurgical care, The Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center surgeons may recommend a surgical shoulder repair.

The experienced surgeons use minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to repair the rotator cuff, ligaments, labrum, clavicle, and other tissues in the shoulder whenever possible. Arthroscopic techniques, such as the Arthrex® SpeedFix™ system, only require small incisions and minimal downtimes compared to open surgery. 

Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center offers compassionate shoulder pain care, so don’t delay in calling the nearest office or clicking the provided scheduling link now.

 

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