Shoulder Pain Specialist

Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in St. Joseph, MO

If you have shoulder pain that’s severe enough to interfere with your daily activities, you can find solutions at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center. The experienced orthopedic specialists offer on-site diagnostic testing to identify arthritis, fractures, and other causes of shoulder pain. They also provide both conservative therapies and surgical options to relieve pain and help restore full range of motion in your shoulder joint. Call the orthopedic office in St. Joseph, Missouri, to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.

Shoulder Pain Q&A

What causes shoulder pain?

Your shoulder is a complex joint that allows you to stretch your arm over your head, reach around your back, and throw a ball.

Bones, ligaments, and tendons work together to give you this range of motion. When injury or disease damages any of these structures, your risk of persistent shoulder pain increases.

Acute pain that lasts less than six weeks may be due to muscle strains or ligament sprains. When pain is chronic, lasting longer than six months, it may be due to:

  • Bursitis
  • Fracture
  • Instability
  • Dislocation
  • Tendinitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

You may also experience pain in the rotator cuff, the group of muscles and tendons in your shoulder joint that helps keep the shoulder in place and achieve its extensive range of motion.

A rotator cuff tear is a common sports injury that develops from repetitive movements of the shoulder. In addition to pain, you may also have shoulder weakness that makes it difficult to do everyday activities like brush your hair or put on a shirt.

When should I seek medical treatment for shoulder pain?

If your shoulder pain isn’t getting better with over-the-counter medications and rest, schedule a diagnostic evaluation with the team at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center.

You also need an evaluation if your pain worsens, even with home treatment, or if you’re unable to meet your responsibilities at work or home because of shoulder immobility.

The orthopedic specialists use on-site, state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies like digital X-rays and open MRI to diagnose the root cause of your shoulder pain.

Based on the results of your testing and a physical exam, they customize a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and improve your shoulder’s range of motion.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Your initial treatment plan for shoulder pain likely features nonsurgical treatments, such as medications, steroid injections, and physical therapy. If these treatments fail to relieve your pain, you may be a candidate for surgery.

Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center offers several types of shoulder surgeries, including:

Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique that requires only small incisions to access the shoulder joint. This type of surgery is less invasive than traditional open surgery, so you heal faster and with fewer complications.

Rotator cuff repair

With rotator cuff repair, your surgeon might use minimally invasive techniques to treat damaged soft tissues in your shoulder joint without causing unnecessary trauma to the rest of your joint.

Total shoulder joint replacement

During total shoulder joint replacement, your surgeon removes part or all of your damaged shoulder joint and replaces it with an artificial device that works like your natural joint. This procedure is effective for people with advanced osteoarthritis who have chronic pain and limited shoulder mobility.

The orthopedic specialists also provide comprehensive aftercare services following shoulder surgery to restore the function in your shoulder joint.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for chronic shoulder pain, call Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center today or book a consultation online.