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The shoulder is one of the most complex and frequently stressed joints in your body. When your shoulder is affected by an injury or condition, it can make everyday activities especially difficult. One study found that shoulder pain affects 18%-26% of adults at any given time, making it one of the most common causes of pain.

Using the most advanced imaging, nonsurgical, and surgical technologies and procedures on-site, the expert shoulder doctors at EmergeOrtho evaluate, diagnose, and treat a range of injuries and conditions that cause shoulder pain.

The shoulder is made up of three bones: the upper arm bone (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula), and collarbone (clavicle). The head of the upper arm bone sits within a socket called a glenoid. A network of muscles and tendons (rotator cuff) cover the head of the upper arm bone and secure it within the socket. Because of its complex nature, the shoulder is susceptible to many painful injuries and conditions.

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

A shoulder injury is often the result of a sports injury, accident, repetitive motion, or gradual wear and tear over time. The symptoms can range from mild to intense, depending on the injury’s severity.

Our shoulder specialists are skilled in expertly treating a variety of conditions, including:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder impingement/bursitis
  • Shoulder instability
  • Biceps tendon concerns
  • Shoulder fracture
  • Shoulder pain
  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Chronic shoulder instability
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Shoulder Iinjuries in the throwing athlete
  • Glenoid-labrum tear
  • Shoulder separation
  • Brachial plexus injuries

When You Should See a Shoulder Doctor

Some shoulder injuries and painful conditions cannot be treated at home. We recommend you seek medical care before the pain interferes with your quality of life and you risk further serious damage. Some of the signs that you need an orthopedic shoulder specialist include:

  • Shoulder pain that lasts longer than a week
  • Shoulder pain that is not relieved by home treatments
  • Interrupted sleep due to shoulder pain or discomfort
  • Pain when you lift your arms over your head
  • Weakness or inability to lift the arm
  • A snapping or popping sound in the shoulder
  • Visible abnormality of the shoulder
  • Injury or trauma to the shoulder

Treatments for Shoulder Pain and Injuries

Do not spend another day suffering from shoulder pain. Let our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic shoulder specialists at EmergeOrtho help you regain a pain-free lifestyle. Our Shoulder Team has decades of experience diagnosing and treating various shoulder injuries and conditions.

Many shoulder conditions can be successfully treated with nonsurgical methods including rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, corticosteroid injections, and physical therapy. Our shoulder surgeons can discuss further surgical options when conservative treatments fail to alleviate pain. As part of our commitment to provide the top care in the region, we utilize the most advanced surgical and nonsurgical techniques.

After an in-depth consultation with your shoulder doctor, a treatment plan can be developed between you and your doctor. We utilize the most innovative surgical and nonsurgical practices) to maximize the chances of a successful recovery, including:

  • 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

We understand that shoulder pain can be debilitating and overwhelming. EmergeOrtho’s patient-focused approach to the care and treatment of all injuries and conditions puts our patients’ comfort at the forefront of the recovery process. We strive to ensure our patients are well-informed throughout their experience at EmergeOrtho.

The start of your recovery is just one consultation away. To request an appointment at one of our locations, click here.

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EmergeOrtho is full of wonderful doctors! They make sure they go over every little thing and explain stuff so that you understand. I have 4 different doctors here and have been pleased with them all.

Michelle M


They treat you with respect take the time to understand what your needs are and work toward that gold of fixing the problem. Very professional in everything they do I love going there for treatment can't say that about many healthcare systems. I recommend EmergeOrtho to everyone I see.

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