Shoulder Pain Specialist

Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Huntingdon Valley, PA

Shoulder pain is often indicative of another problem like tendinitis or an injury. The specialized team at Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates offers expert pain relief for men and women in the Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania area. The practitioners at Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates work to determine the cause of your shoulder pain and find the best treatment options for you. Call or book online to schedule an appointment today.

Shoulder Pain Q&A

What is shoulder pain?

Characterized by tenderness, soreness, and discomfort in the shoulder joint, shoulder pain can impact both the joint itself, as well as the surrounding muscles and ligaments.

Injury and overuse are the two most common causes of shoulder pain. If your pain gets worse with movement, it probably stems from the shoulder joint itself. Constant pain is often indicative of damage to your ligaments and tendons.

What are common causes of shoulder pain?

Overuse and injury can cause pain in the shoulder. Common shoulder injuries include:

  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Separated shoulder
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • A torn meniscus
  • Tendinitis
  • Torn cartilage

Each of these issues will have their own set of symptoms. Some may make it difficult to raise your arm higher than your shoulder, while others may just create a dull, aching feeling in the shoulder.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

To diagnose shoulder pain, and find its underlying cause, the team at Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates can also physically evaluate your shoulder. This may involve moving your arm to test your range of motion and checking the area for any deformities or bumps.

The team also uses imaging methods such as MRIs, X-rays, and CT scans to look at your shoulder joint. This allows them to look for breaks or separations in your shoulder.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Shoulder pain can be treated using several different options depending on the cause of your pain. Common treatments include:

  • Resting your shoulder
  • Pain medications
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Applying ice or heat

Surgery can also relieve your shoulder pain. This is an option if your shoulder pain is stemming from an injury like a torn rotator cuff or meniscus.

How can I prevent shoulder pain?

Some shoulder pain happens as you start to age. However, repeated or incorrect use can also cause shoulder problems. You can help prevent shoulder pain by:

  • Not overusing the shoulder
  • Using proper lifting techniques when exercising
  • Properly stretching when participating in sports or exercising
  • Maintaining good posture when sitting and standing

Most importantly, listen to your body. If your shoulder starts to feel tired or sore, take a break and let it rest.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or range of motion issues in your shoulder, make an appointment with Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates today by calling his office or booking online.