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Shoulder Pain Specialist

Urgently Ortho

Orthopaedic Urgent Care, Sports Medicine & Wellness Clinics located in Scottsdale, AZ

About 9% of adults in the United States reporting pain suffer it in their shoulder. If arthritis or a shoulder injury prevents you from being physically active or performing routine day-to-day tasks, board-certified orthopaedic surgeons at Urgently Ortho, serving Phoenix and surrounding areas in Arizona, can help. They treat shoulder pain using advanced, innovative methods or orthopaedic surgery. Call to learn more or book an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is any feeling of discomfort within or near your shoulder joint. Symptoms of shoulder pain include:

  • Mild or moderate pain
  • Warmth or redness
  • Limited movement in your shoulder joint
  • Stiffness
  • Instability
  • Weakness

Shoulder injuries can be debilitating and make day-to-day tasks difficult or nearly impossible to complete. Fortunately, treatments for shoulder pain are within reach.

What causes shoulder pain?

Numerous injuries and health conditions can lead to shoulder pain. Common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Inflammation
  • A rotator cuff injury
  • Sprains and strains
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Dislocation
  • Bone fracture
  • Torn cartilage or a ruptured tendon
  • Tendonitis or bursitis
  • Shoulder impingement

Swimmer’s shoulder and overuse injuries are common. To determine the cause of shoulder pain your provider goes over your medical history, completes an examination, and may order imaging tests — such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or X-rays — to obtain a detailed view of your injury.

What is the treatment for shoulder pain?

Your doctor lets you know which treatment best matches your needs and recommends the least invasive option first. Examples of treatments for shoulder injuries and pain include:

Rest or ice

If your shoulder injury is mild, your doctor might recommend simply resting your shoulder and icing it periodically to ease pain, reduce inflammation, and enhance healing.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy enhances healing and eases pain associated with shoulder injuries. Your doctor lets you know which strength and stretching exercises you should complete to restore shoulder joint function.

Medical devices

You might require a shoulder sling, brace, or kinesio tape to help your joint rest and heal properly.

Injections

Shoulder injections ease pain and enhance healing naturally. At Urgently Ortho, orthopaedic specialists offer:

  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections using plasma from your own blood
  • Stem cell therapy using amniotic stem cells
  • Hyaluronates, similar to substances in your joints, to increase joint lubrication

Your provider lets you know which pain-relieving joint injections are right for you based on your individual needs.

Orthopaedic surgery

In some cases, orthopaedic surgery is the most appropriate treatment to restore shoulder function so you can enjoy the activities you once loved. Your doctor lets you know what to expect before, during, and after surgery.

When you’re ready to ease pain, restore healing, and enhance your quality of life after a shoulder injury, call Urgently Ortho today or schedule an appointment online.