Shoulder Pain

Texas Orthopaedic Associates, LLP

Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Dallas, TX & Plano, TX

As the most mobile joint in your body, your shoulder is prone to a variety of conditions that cause pain. The expert team of orthopaedic surgeons at Texas Orthopaedic Associates, LLP, diagnoses and treats the full spectrum of shoulder conditions at their locations in Dallas and Plano, Texas. If you experience shoulder pain that doesn’t improve with home treatment, don’t hesitate to call your nearest clinic or book an appointment online to find relief.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

The shoulder is a complex joint comprised of three bones: your upper arm bone (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula), and collarbone (clavicle). A group of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff attaches the humerus to your shoulder socket while small, fluid-filled sacs called bursae cushion the joint.

Together, these structures allow you to perform a wide range of motions, from reaching for the top shelf to swinging a golf club. Injury or damage to any of the tissues can lead to pain and difficulty moving your shoulder.

The team at Texas Orthopaedic Associates, LLP, diagnoses and treats all types of shoulder injuries and conditions. Common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Arthritis of the shoulder
  • Bursitis or inflammation of the bursa
  • Biceps tendinitis
  • Biceps tendon tears
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder instability

Fractures of the collarbone, humerus, or shoulder blade are also common sources of shoulder pain.

What is the process for diagnosing shoulder pain?

To diagnose the underlying cause of your shoulder pain, your physician at Texas Orthopaedic Associates, LLP, begins with a thorough review of your medical history. They may ask when your pain started and whether it becomes worse when you perform certain activities or movements.

Your physician performs a comprehensive physical exam of your shoulder and checks for signs of injury such as tenderness or restricted mobility. They may also take diagnostic tests, such as an in-office X-ray or MRI.

What is the treatment for shoulder pain?

Once they diagnose your condition, the team at Texas Orthopaedic Associates, LLP, develops a personalized treatment plan to relieve your shoulder pain. They always begin with the most conservative treatments possible.

Depending on your specific condition, treatment for shoulder pain may include:

  • Pain-relieving medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest and activity modification

If your condition is severe or doesn’t resolve with treatment, the team at Texas Orthopaedic Associates, LLP, may recommend shoulder surgery followed by a shoulder rehabilitation program.

They specialize in the most advanced procedures, such as total shoulder replacement and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery.

To find relief from shoulder pain, call Texas Orthopaedic Associates, LLP, or book an appointment online today.