Shoulder Conditions and Treatments

A mature woman sitting on her couch holds her elbow in pain.

Millions of people experience shoulder problems each year. As one of the most common causes of musculoskeletal pain, common shoulder injuries and conditions can make even the simplest tasks painful and difficult.

At EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region, our fellowship-trained physicians and surgeons are known throughout North Carolina for providing precision diagnosis and patient-centered care to ensure a healthy and optimal recovery. Our ultimate goal is to help each patient Emerge Stronger. Healthier. Better.

What Causes Most Shoulder Problems?

Predominantly, shoulder problems involve the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the shoulder. Shoulder fractures can also occur, typically resulting from sudden impact (a car accident or sports collision). Or, shoulder pain and stiffness can occur from wear and tear over time. When the latter happens, we refer to it as shoulder osteoarthritis.

Athletes are often most susceptible to shoulder injuries because of the repetitive motion their shoulder endures as well as from the intense training they experience.

Certain shoulder injuries and conditions can also happen as the result of an occupation that stresses the shoulder (like painting, gardening, or carpentry, as examples).

Regardless of what shoulder injury or condition you have, it is important to seek the guidance of a skilled orthopedic physician. The shoulder is a complex joint that houses your upper arm bone (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula), and collarbone (clavicle). The head of the upper arm bone resides within your shoulder socket (or glenoid). The muscles and tendons that make up your rotator cuff cover the head of the upper arm bone and secure it within the socket.

A subspecialty orthopedic doctor will not only have expertise in the intricacies of the shoulder, but will also be able to properly diagnose your condition. In turn, this will ensure you receive a personalized treatment plan to encourage best outcomes. Our Shoulder specialists routinely diagnose and treat:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder impingement/bursitis
  • Shoulder instability
  • Biceps tendon problems
  • Shoulder fracture
  • Shoulder pain
  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff Injury
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Chronic shoulder instability
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Shoulder injuries in the throwing athlete
  • Glenoid-labrum tear
  • Shoulder separation
  • Brachial plexus injuries

Types of Shoulder Treatments

Whenever possible, our Triangle Region Shoulder Team strives to provide nonoperative solutions to address shoulder problems.

Nonsurgical shoulder treatment approaches include:

  • Rest
  • Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medication
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy

If conservative treatments fail to relieve pain, surgery may be recommended. Our surgeons are highly skilled and trained in advanced surgical techniques and minimally-invasive approaches.

Shoulder repair surgical treatments include:

  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Rotator cuff surgery
  • Superior capsule reconstruction
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Reverse shoulder replacement
  • SLAP repair
  • Biceps tenodesis
  • Arthroscopic acromioplasty
  • Resection of distal clavicle for arthritis
  • Arthroscopic stabilization for dislocations
  • Open stabilization for dislocations
  • Operative fixation of clavicle fractures
  • Operative fixation of proximal humeral fractures

Which Shoulder Treatment is Best for You?

The best way to know which shoulder treatment will be most effective to address your stiffness, pain, and/or swelling is to schedule a consultation with an EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region Shoulder doctor. Our Shoulder, Sports Medicine, and Joint Replacement Teams all collaborate to make sure your care is comprehensive, seamless, and catered to your specific needs.

If you are experiencing shoulder joint pain, discomfort, or other symptoms, request a consultation now. Or, please call us any time at (919) 220-5255.

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