To best diagnose and treat shoulder problems, look to an orthopedic surgeon with specialized training in treating this type of musculoskeletal condition.
Types of shoulder problems
Orthopedic doctors have advanced knowledge of the most common shoulder disorders, including:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Loose shoulder
- Biceps tendonitis
- Shoulder dislocation
- Fractures (scapula, clavicle, humerus)
- Separated shoulder
What caused your shoulder condition?
The most common causes are shoulder trauma such as an accident or shoulder injury, or a degenerative disease such as osteoarthritis.
Pain can be caused by damage to the soft tissue, ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones or joint capsule surrounding the shoulder.
Your next steps to stop shoulder pain
For shoulder pain due to injury or degenerative disease, call 1.855.41.ORTHO to make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital – Arlington.
If you suffer a severe shoulder injury, visit our emergency department where orthopedic experts are on call 24/7/365.
You will receive a comprehensive diagnosis based on your full medical history and diagnostic imaging tests like CT scans, X-rays, ultrasound, arthroscopy and arthrogram studies.
Discuss your full range of treatment options
When talking to your orthopedic specialist about shoulder pain, be sure to ask about all possible nonsurgical and surgical treatment options.
Possible nonsurgical approaches include:
- Physical therapy
- Flexibility training
- Pain management medications
Severe shoulder conditions may require shoulder surgery, which could involve anything from minimally invasive surgery for tendon repair to open surgical procedures like resurfacing, reconstructing, or replacing the shoulder joint.
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