Shoulder Pain Specialist

Elite Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Specialists located in Wayne, NJ & Riverdale, NJ

Many people get in the habit of pushing through their pain, but that’s a bad idea when you have shoulder pain. If you keep using a damaged shoulder, you’re setting yourself up for chronic joint instability. Nader Fahimi, MD, and the team at Elite Orthopedics & Sports Medicine are well-known for their expertise in treating shoulder pain and helping you regain optimum strength. They also specialize in shoulder arthroscopy when needed to properly repair the cause of your pain. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Wayne, Riverdale, and Clifton, New Jersey, or book an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Rotator cuff injuries represent one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. Your rotator cuff consists of four muscles that stabilize the shoulder joint, hold your upper arm in the socket, and support your arm’s full range of movement.

As you can imagine, the rotator cuff muscles endure a lot of stress and repetitive movement. As a result, they’re susceptible to injuries.

The problems that most often cause shoulder pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Labral tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder fractures
  • Joint dislocation
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Frozen shoulder

Your risk of developing shoulder pain increases if you participate in activities that involve overhead movements, such as pitching, weightlifting, and painting. 

What other symptoms accompany shoulder pain?

You may only experience pain, but there’s a good chance you will also have problems such as:

  • Arm and shoulder weakness
  • Trouble lifting your arm
  • Shoulder joint instability
  • Muscles spasms
  • Joint clicking
  • Limited range of motion
  • Loss of movement

Traumatic injuries like a shoulder fracture typically cause sudden pain, bruising, and swelling.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Your treatment depends on the cause of your pain, the severity of the injury, and your long-term activity goals. Elite Orthopedics & Sports Medicine begins with the most appropriate conservative treatment. 

Your initial treatment may include immobilizing your shoulder, avoiding activities that stress the joint, and physical therapy.

Severe injuries, including a complex fracture or torn tendons, ligaments, or cartilage, may need surgery right away. You may also need surgery if your pain and limited movement persist or get worse despite nonsurgical care. 

Patients with extensive joint damage due to arthritis may need to consider joint replacement surgery.

When surgery is the next step, Elite Orthopedics & Sports Medicine specializes in performing minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery.

What happens during shoulder arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure because your provider makes a very small incision and uses a slender scope that easily fits through the tiny opening. A light and camera lens inside the arthroscope send magnified images from inside the shoulder joint to a monitor.

Your provider closely examines the tissues, evaluates the damage, and determines whether the tissues need to be surgically repaired.

During shoulder arthroscopy, your provider may:

  • Repair a torn rotator cuff
  • Reattach rotator cuff tendons to the bone
  • Repair your biceps tendon
  • Remove or repair the labrum
  • Remove inflamed tissues
  • Shave down bone spurs

Elite Orthopedics & Sports Medicine repairs your shoulder by inserting a specialized instrument through another small incision.

If you experience shoulder pain or arm weakness, call Elite Orthopedics & Sports Medicine or schedule an appointment online today.