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Shoulder pain: diagnosis and treatment


Your shoulder is a complex joint that gives your arm a wide range of motion. It is where three bones come together — the collarbone, scapula (shoulder blade), and humerus (arm bone). The shoulder also includes ligaments, tendons, muscles, and cartilage.

Shoulder problems usually result from a disease of the soft tissues or an injury. Overuse from repetitive motions during hobby, sports, or work commonly causes soft tissue problems. Fractures and other bone injuries of the shoulder are usually due to trauma.  If your shoulder injury occurred while playing a sport or exercising, our sports medicine program can help you recover and prevent future injuries.

Shoulder injuries and conditions we treat:

  • Arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease of the cartilage and bones of the shoulder. Osteoarthritis of the shoulder is a degenerative disease of the joint that causes breakdown of cartilage and other damage.

  • Bursitis

  • Dislocated shoulder

  • Fracture

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Impingement symdrome

  • Labral tears

  • Rotator cuff tear

  • Shoulder instability

Your specific shoulder problem will determine your treatment plan. We specialize in the latest procedures, including minimally invasive surgery, and more.

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