Shoulder Pain Specialist

ROC Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgery located in Tualatin, OR & Oregon City, OR

Your shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in your body. Unfortunately, the flexibility of your shoulder also makes it more susceptible to injury and pain. Shoulder pain may develop from any number of causes. An early diagnosis and treatment of your shoulder pain may prevent the underlying cause of your discomfort from getting worse. The experts at ROC Orthopedics in Tualatin and Oregon City, Oregon, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder pain. They offer many innovative treatments to alleviate your discomfort and restore shoulder function. Call ROC Orthopedics or book an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain may develop from an injury or disease that affects one or more of the components that make up your shoulder joint.

Common reasons for shoulder pain include:

Rotator cuff tear

A partial or complete tear of one or more of the tendons that make up your rotator cuff may cause shoulder pain. 

Arthritis

Like other joints in your body, your shoulder pain may be arthritis. Types of arthritis that affect the shoulder include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Fracture

Your shoulder joint has three bones, including the humerus, clavicle, and shoulder blade. A break in one of these bones may cause shoulder discomfort. 

Tendonitis or bursitis

Tendonitis and bursitis are inflammatory conditions that may affect the tendons or bursae in your shoulder.  

Instability

Instability of the shoulder occurs when the head of the humerus partially or fully dislocates from the socket joint in the shoulder. 

Impingement

Impingement is a type of shoulder pain that develops when the top of the shoulder blade rubs up against the underlying soft tissue.

Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)

Adhesive capsulitis affects the shoulder capsule, causing it to thicken and stiffen.

Biceps rupture

A bicep tendon rupture at the shoulder may cause shoulder pain. 

Thoracic outlet syndrome

The thoracic outlet is the space between your clavicle and first rib. Thoracic outlet syndrome occurs from compression or irritation of the blood vessels or nerves in this space. 

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

The team at ROC Orthopedics conducts thorough exams to diagnose the underlying cause of your shoulder pain. They first review your symptoms, including the type of pain you feel, when it started, and activities that make it worse. 

Your orthopedic surgeon examines your shoulder, assessing strength, mobility, and flexibility. They may request diagnostic imaging to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.

Though they might provide a diagnosis based on symptoms and imaging tests, in some cases, the orthopedic surgeons may conduct a diagnostic arthroscopy to diagnose the root cause of your shoulder pain.

How is shoulder pain treated?

ROC Orthopedics creates individualized treatment plans for shoulder pain based on the underlying cause. When possible, they take a non-surgical approach which may include:

  • Rest
  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing or casting
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Steroid injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

In some cases, the orthopedic surgeons recommend surgery to treat your shoulder problem. They use minimally invasive techniques when possible to limit tissue damage and speed-up your recovery.

Don’t ignore your shoulder pain. Call ROC Orthopedics or schedule an appointment online today.