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Shoulder Pain

Utah Orthopaedics

Orthopedic Surgeons & Physical Therapy located in Ogden, UT

Whether your shoulder pain builds up over time or comes on suddenly, it may be a simple imbalance or possibly be the first sign of a severe structural problem. The most common shoulder problem is Impingement Syndrome.  Left untreated, this can develop into a Rotator Cuff Tear.  We are expert at Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair should your condition require repair.  If you are younger, then we are concerned that you may have issues with your labrum or instability.  Problems that cross generations are Biceps Tendinits or AC joint inflammation. As we age, the shoulder can develop Arthritis just as we have seen in the hip and knee.  We work hard at conservative care for arthritis, but if that doesn't work, we offer Shoulder Replacements (Total Shoulder and Reverse Total Shoulder replacements) to address your pain.  At Utah Orthopaedics, in Ogden, Utah, a team of premier orthopaedic specialists provides both traditional and cutting-edge care for all shoulder problems like rotator cuff tears. Book your appointment online now or call the office for help.

Shoulder Pain Q&A

What causes shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by an injury, overuse, wear-and-tear damage, or degenerative disease.

Rotator cuff tears are the most common shoulder injury. The rotator cuff is a ring of muscles and tendons that hold the top of the upper arm in place within your shoulder socket. Any of these tendons and muscles can tear either partially or completely. Rotator cuff tears can be caused by an injury or age-related degeneration. Interestingly, about 70% of rotator cuff tears have accured without any known injury.

A few other causes of shoulder pain are:

  • Shoulder labrum tears
  • Dislocations
  • Impingements
  • Tendon inflammation or tears
  • Bursitis
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)

Many of these conditions can cause similar symptoms — severe pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion in your shoulder joint. Unfortunately, these conditions will worsen left untreated.  That’s why you should schedule an evaluation at Utah Orthopaedics as soon as possible if you’re suffering from shoulder pain.

How is shoulder pain evaluated?

The Utah Orthopaedics team completes a thorough shoulder exam in their office. The team asks you how your shoulder pain began, when it’s most noticeable, how severe your symptoms are, how it limits your activities, and other details to narrow down the cause of the pain.

The practice has an on-site imaging lab for X-rays. They’ll add an MRI sometime in 2022. Both of these technologies are valuable diagnostic tools used in finding the root cause of your shoulder problems.

If you experience symptoms like tingling and numbness along with your shoulder pain, you might need electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) tests to check for muscle and nerve problems.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Utah Orthopaedics offers comprehensive shoulder pain treatment services all in one facility. In most cases, the team recommends a conservative nonsurgical treatment plan. Your care can include:

  • Activity changes
  • Physical therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Platelet-rich plasma or other regenerative medicine injections
  • Steroid and anesthetic shoulder joint injections

If your shoulder pain continues after at least a few months of treatment, the team will probably recommend surgery. This could likely be shoulder arthroscopy that uses tiny incisions to repair the damage.

For severe shoulder arthritis, the team might recommend total shoulder joint replacement. Utah Orthopaedics will add an affiliated ambulatory surgery center in 2022 to provide same-day surgery with the team you know and trust.

Call Utah Orthopaedics now or book an appointment online for help with stubborn shoulder pain.