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Shoulder Pain

Coastal Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center

Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Port St. Lucie, FL & Stuart, FL

The shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body, so when an injury or problem causes pain, it can significantly interfere with your daily life. The expert team at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center treats all types of shoulder pain with a conservative approach in Port St. Lucie and Stuart, Florida. Call your nearest office today to find relief from shoulder pain.

Shoulder Pain

What causes shoulder pain?

Your shoulder is a complex joint that allows you to perform a wide range of movements, from swinging a tennis racket to getting dressed in the morning. This versatility leaves the shoulder vulnerable to many problems that cause pain, including:

Arthritis

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis is the most common type to affect the shoulder. This condition happens when the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones in your shoulder joint wears down. A sports or work injury may increase your risk of osteoarthritis. 

Rotator cuff injuries

The rotator cuff is a group of tendons that provide your shoulder with its extensive mobility and help to stabilize your upper arm bone in the joint. If one or more of these tendons tears partially or completely, it causes shoulder pain.

Fractures and dislocations

A fracture is a break in one of the bones of your shoulder, such as the clavicle, shoulder blade, or upper arm bone. A dislocation is when the upper arm bone moves out of place. Both injuries can result from acute trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident or sports injury. 

Other common problems that cause shoulder pain include bursitis and tendinitis. Bursitis and tendinitis involve inflammation in the tissues of the shoulder.  

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

First, your doctor at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center thoroughly reviews your medical history and asks you to describe the pain, including when it started and what activities aggravate or relive it. 

They carefully examine your shoulder and may take tests, such as an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

If imaging tests don’t reveal enough information about the cause of your shoulder pain, they may perform minimally invasive arthroscopy to look inside the joint. If they find a problem, they may treat it during the same procedure. 

How is shoulder pain treated?

The team at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center takes a conservative approach to treating shoulder pain. Depending on your specific needs, treatment may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections


If the shoulder pain persists despite treatment, surgery may be necessary. The expert team at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center uses minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. Some causes of shoulder pain, such as severe fractures, may need joint replacement surgery. 

Call Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center today for advanced care of all types of shoulder pain.