If you have shoulder pain that stops you in your tracks, it’s time to schedule a consultation with the orthopedic specialists at Congress Orthopaedic Associates. At the offices in Pasadena and Arcadia, California, the board-certified orthopedic surgeons offer both conservative and minimally invasive surgical solutions to treat shoulder pain. They provide on-site diagnostics, physical therapy, and surgeries to repair rotator cuff surgeries, dislocations, and other causes of chronic shoulder pain. Call the Congress Orthopaedic Associates office nearest you or book an evaluation online today.
Your shoulder is a ball-in-socket joint that gives you a wide range of mobility. The tendons, muscles, joints, and bones all work together to help you throw a ball, wash your hair, and stretch your arms behind your back.
When any of these structures experiences inflammation, tears, or underlying disease, you can develop persistent shoulder pain. Some of the common causes of shoulder pain the providers at Congress Orthopaedic Associates diagnose and treat include:
Another common cause of chronic shoulder pain includes rotator cuff tears. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that cover the head of your upper arm bone and keeps your arm in your shoulder socket.
This type of injury can develop in these tissues if you fall or if you overuse your muscles during exercise or sports. Rotator cuff tears can be partial or full thickness, meaning the tendon tears completely away from your bone.
Congress Orthopaedic Associates offers advanced diagnostic testing services in-office to identify the cause of your shoulder pain. You should schedule an evaluation if you have shoulder pain that doesn’t get better with over-the-counter medicine and rest, or if you have pain that worsens even with home treatment.
The orthopedic specialists perform physical exams to test the range of motion of your shoulder joint. They also check for swelling and bruising around your shoulder joint and upper arm.
To get a better look at your joint, you might need X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests. Congress Orthopaedic Associates also offers an on-site magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) center to evaluate the health of your shoulder joint.
If over-the-counter medications aren’t effective at relieving your pain, the providers at Congress Orthopaedic Associates may prescribe pain-relievers or anti-inflammatories.
Using medications can make it easier for you to participate in physical therapy. The focus of physical therapy is restoring the function and strength in your shoulder joint so you can heal more efficiently.
If you have a rotator cuff tear or other serious shoulder injury, you might be a candidate for surgery. The Pasadena, California, office features a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center. The board-certified surgeons and anesthesiologists use the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to repair joint damage or muscle tears.
To learn more about your options for shoulder pain relief, call the Congress Orthopaedic Associates office nearest you or book a consultation online today.