Most of us take our shoulders for granted, but this complex joint used every day often results in chronic pain for many people.
The shoulder, a nexus of several joints combined with tendons and muscles, enables a wide range of arm motions, from scratching your back to throwing a pitch in a softball game.
However, this mobility can also lead to problems with instability or impingement of soft tissue, causing pain. At Go To Ortho, we are specialists in treating these types of injuries.
Know the Cause
Understanding the cause of shoulder pain is critical when figuring out the best possible treatment for each patient.
Most issues in the shoulder involve muscles, ligaments, and tendons — not bones. Because of their intensive training routines, athletes often find themselves with shoulder problems.
Often, they underestimate the extent of their injury, accepting steady pain, arm weakness, or limited joint motion as the new norm. This is a mistake that can exacerbate the condition, possibly creating additional problems.
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rotator cuff injuries are a common cause of shoulder pain. They usually occur among athletes, but can also result from trauma or wear-and-tear of tendons.
These injuries often lead to significant shoulder weakness, requiring treatment for reduced pain and a long-term solution. At Go To Ortho, our specialized orthopedic surgeons offer surgical and non-surgical options for treating rotator cuff injuries.
Shoulder arthritis, also known as shoulder osteoarthritis or glenohumeral osteoarthritis, is a degenerative condition. It involves changes to the cartilage or other structures of the shoulder joint.
Though it starts gradually, the condition can eventually become debilitating, causing pain, stiffness, inflammation, and limitations in mobility. Treatments focus on controlling pain while simultaneously slowing the disease’s progression.
In extreme cases of shoulder arthritis or fractures, shoulder replacement surgery might be needed.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Go To Ortho is your go-to clinic for quick-care orthopedic injury treatment, with over 100 years of combined experience dealing with trauma injuries in the Portland area.
Our team of board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons is ready to evaluate and treat any shoulder injuries with compassion and understanding.
Walk-in appointments are welcome at Go To Ortho. Contact us today to start your journey toward a pain-free life at 503-850-9950 or schedule an appointment online.