shoulder injury

Shoulder Pain and Injury

Shoulder injuries can be sudden or develop over time. In fact, sone of the most common causes of pain in the shoulder are bursitis, tendinitis or tendon tears.

Shoulder Pain

According to some studies, almost everyone between the ages of 18 and 88 will experience some shoulder pain or injury.

Common shoulder pain is caused by new or past injuries. Learn how to prevent injury with these rotator cuff exercises. Listed here are some of the most common shoulder injuries.

  • Dislocation
  • Rotator cuff injury or torn rotator cuff
  • AC joint sprain
  • Shoulder sprain
  • Shoulder strain
  • Shoulder fracture
  • SLAP tear
  • Broken collarbone
  • Bursitis
  • Pinched tendon
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Separation of the shoulder
  • Torn cartilage
  • Tendinitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Nerve damage
  • Pinched nerve


Shoulder symptoms will vary, depending on the severity of the injury, and can include:

  • Swelling, stiffness and warmth in the injured area
  • Weakness or instability
  • Popping or crunching noises
  • Inability to fully straighten your limb

More severe symptoms include:

  • Hearing a popping noise and feeling the joint give out when the injury occurs
  • Can’t move the affected joint or limb
  • Have pain directly over the bones of an injured joint
  • Have numbness in any part of the injured area


Treatment for knee and shoulder pain from injuries can include:

  • Wearing a sling or cast: Shoulder injuries may require a cast. Depending on the severity of swelling, an immediate cast can be provided at your walk-in appointment.
  • Medication: May be needed to treat pain and inflammation. The physician may recommend injecting corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid or platelet-rich plasma directly into your joint.
  • Physical therapy: Is an effective treatment options for many shoulder injuries. A physical therapist will teach you how to perform specific exercises and movements. Learn more about alternatives to surgery, including chiropractor, acupuncture and physical therapy.
  • Strength training: To make the muscles around your joint more stable, you may need to change your exercise routine.
  • Surgery: Mild shoulder injuries will heal with treatment, while more severe injuries may require surgery. If your injury requires surgery, we can schedule your procedure with one of our surgeons or an affiliated surgeon at any one of a number of area hospitals convenient for you. Learn more about the partnership between Go To Ortho and the Oregon Surgical Institute.

Shoulder Surgery

  • Open tendon repair: surgeon works through a larger incision to reattach the damaged tendon in the rotator cuff of the shoulder to the bone. If the torn tendon is too damaged to be reattached to the arm bone, surgeons may decide to use a nearby tendon as a replacement.
  • Bone spur removal: If an overgrowth of bone is irritating your rotator cuff, this excess bone can be removed and the damaged portion of the tendon can be smoothed.
  • Shoulder replacement: To improve the artificial joint’s stability, the surgeon installs the ball part of the artificial joint onto the shoulder blade and the socket part onto the arm bone.

Do you have questions about knee pain or a knee injury? Contact us for more information or simply stop by Go To Ortho – no appointment required, walk-in patients welcomed!

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