Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Treatment for Shoulder Pain
The shoulder is more susceptible to injury than other joints in the body due to the fact that it has the highest range of motion and can move in nearly a 360-degree rotation. Shoulder injuries and conditions that cause pain can make it extremely difficult to complete your normal daily activities and unfortunately, the pain won’t simply go away. To ensure your pain is fully managed and your shoulder is properly treated, you should see an orthopedic specialist as soon as possible. Whether your shoulder pain is the result of a sports-related injury or degenerative disease, Mark Miller, MD is here to help.
With years of training and knowledge, Dr. Mark Miller is a leading shoulder specialist and orthopedic surgeon in the St. Louis area. He has managed countless patients’ shoulder problems from common to complex. For expert shoulder pain relief and treatment, make an appointment with Mark Miller, MD today!
Shoulder Pain Causes
As the most mobile joint in the body, you can injure your shoulder by playing sports or performing manual labor; you can even sustain a shoulder injury simply by repetitive movement.
Our shoulder specialists diagnose and treat a variety of pain caused by injuries and conditions including:
- Rotator cuff tears (inflammation of the tendon called tendonitis)
- Labral tears (damage to the fibrous ring of tissue that surrounds the shoulder socket)
- Sports-related injuries
- Pulled shoulder muscles
- Degenerate diseases (such as arthritis)
- Fractures or broken bones
- Dislocated shoulders
Signs You May Need Orthopedic Care
Often, shoulder pain starts gradually, and it’s important to pay attention to some of the early warning signs. Down-playing your shoulder pain does not do you any good. The quicker you consult with our shoulder specialists, the more likely it is that you can achieve a full recovery with minimal invasion.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, especially if the shoulder pain does not get better with rest and medication, contact us for an appointment.
- Intense swelling
- Lack of strength
- Inability to rotate your shoulder joint normally
- Pain radiating down into the elbow
- Feeling like your shoulder is popping or sliding out of place
Shoulder Pain Relief
Each shoulder injury is unique and we take various factors into account when developing a treatment plan. Our shoulder treatments for injuries and conditions range from conservative to surgical.
Shoulder pain treatment may include:
- Physical therapy exercises
- Ice and heat
- Shoulder stretches
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Shoulder arthroscopy
Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery
We will attempt nonsurgical treatment options first before recommending surgery; however, in some cases, shoulder arthroscopic surgery may be necessary. If that is the case, you can have peace of mind knowing that your shoulder surgery is being performed by Dr. Miller who is a skilled orthopedic surgeon that is highly experienced in shoulder arthroscopy.