Shoulder Pain Specialist

Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Spine Surgery & Neurosurgery located in Englewood, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, West New York, NJ, Staten Island, NY, Ridgewood, NJ, & Bayonne, NJ

Shoulder pain doesn't just stop you from using your shoulder; it makes any hand or arm movement difficult, too. If you're experiencing disabling shoulder pain, Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine, with offices in Englewood, Jersey City, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Bayonne, New Jersey, as well as the Castleton Corners area of Staten Island in New York City, can help. They offer nonsurgical treatments, including steroid injections and regenerative medicine therapies, as well as advanced reconstruction and joint replacement surgery for patients who have shoulder pain. For expert diagnosis and care, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What types of shoulder pain might I experience?

There are three main types of shoulder pain:

Acute injury pain

Acute injuries cause sudden, often painful, damage to the shoulder bones or soft tissues. Typical ways to suffer acute shoulder injuries include falls, auto accidents, carrying or lifting heavy weights, and playing sports.

Wear-and-tear pain

Degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis develop slowly over the years due to wear-and-tear of the protective articular cartilage on the bones in your shoulder.

Pain from overuse

Repeating the same movements multiple times and over long periods can overstress the tissues in your shoulder, resulting in microtears. In time, the damage accumulates, leading to prolonged inflammation.

Degenerative conditions and overuse injuries often cause chronic shoulder pain. Acute injuries that don't receive expert treatment can also lead to a chronic shoulder pain problem.

What conditions can cause shoulder pain?

Common conditions that can cause shoulder pain include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Bursitis¬†
  • Tendinitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Labral tears
  • Dislocations
  • Subluxations (partial dislocations)
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Pulled muscles
  • Fractures

Shoulder dislocation is a frequent occurrence due to the joint's extensive range of motion. The separation of the upper arm bone (humeral head) and the socket (glenoid) in your shoulder blade is also likely to damage your rotator cuff, which holds the joint in place.

After the first dislocation, there's a higher risk of further dislocations in the future, which can result in shoulder instability.

What treatments might help my shoulder pain?

If you have a fracture or dislocation, you need immediate attention and may, if the damage is extensive, require urgent surgery. However, most patients at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine benefit from more conservative approaches to begin with.

Therapies that might feature in your personalized treatment program include:

  • Rest and activity modification
  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Joint immobilization
  • Steroid injections
  • Regenerative medicine

While the majority of patients find these methods beneficial in treating their shoulder pain, some don't obtain the relief they need. Another possibility is that the damage to your rotator cuff or other structures in your shoulder is too extensive to heal naturally.

In either of these cases, you might need to undergo surgery for your shoulder pain. The team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine might have to repair the tendons or ligaments in your shoulder or reconstruct them using grafts. If you have severe osteoarthritis, you may benefit from shoulder replacement surgery.

To find relief from your shoulder pain, call Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine today or book an appointment online.