Shoulder pain can be caused by a wide range of musculoskeletal problems, including those
that affect the muscles, ligaments, tendons, or bones. Since severe or
persistent shoulder pain can limit your ability to carry out your daily
tasks, it’s advisable to seek help from an orthopaedic doctor. An
orthopaedic specialist will assess your symptoms, order any necessary
tests, and perform a physical exam to determine the cause of your shoulder pain.
Diagnosing Your Shoulder Pain
To diagnose the source of your shoulder pain, the orthopaedic doctor will
examine you and ask you about your symptoms. In addition to localized
pain, for example, you may experience swelling, tenderness, and the sensation
of a “pinching” pain when the arm is moved away from the body.
These symptoms could be indicative of bursitis. If your shoulder pain
is located on the side of the arm and front of the shoulder, and is worsened
by raising or lowering the arm, then you may have tendonitis. Tendonitis
may also be indicated by a clicking sound with movement, joint stiffness,
and loss of mobility and strength.
Pain with lifting and lowering the arm could also indicate a rotator cuff tear. Other symptoms of a rotator cuff
tear include weakness and a “crackling” sensation when manipulating
Understanding Potential Complications
If bursitis, tendonitis, and rotator cuff tears are not treated properly,
patients may risk worsening, chronic pain. They may continue to experience
a loss of strength and difficulty completing everyday tasks. Frozen shoulder
Treating Your Shoulder Pain
Patients with bursitis, tendonitis, or rotator cuff tears require personalized
treatment plans. Conservative treatments are often recommended first,
including physical therapy, medications, and rest. Additionally, bursitis
may be treated with aspiration of the bursa fluid. If conservative treatments
are not sufficient, patients may need to consider orthopaedic surgery.
MK Orthopaedics is a leading provider of advanced solutions for shoulder pain caused by
bursitis, tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, and other problems. Our orthopaedic
doctors in Joliet will carefully evaluate the source of your shoulder
pain and develop a personalized treatment plan for you. Call (815) 741-6900
to request an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor to discuss your sports injury.