The shoulder has a greater range of motion than any other joint, so when you have a condition that causes pain, it can interfere with many activities. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Andrew B. Weiss, MD, diagnoses and treats all types of shoulder pain at his practice in Beverly Hills, California. For conservative, compassionate, and cutting-edge shoulder pain treatment, call or book an appointment online today.
The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that connects your upper arm bone (humerus) to your shoulder blade (scapula). A group of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff stabilizes this joint and allows you to lift your arms overhead.
Rotator cuff injuries are among the most common causes of shoulder pain. One or more of the rotator cuff tendons can tear partially or completely and lead to pain. This can occur suddenly, like during a car accident, but rotator cuff tears most often develop gradually as a result of repetitive motions, like shooting a basketball.
In addition to rotator cuff tears, Dr. Weiss and his team diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions that cause shoulder pain, including:
Many of these conditions can lead to long-term (chronic) shoulder pain without treatment. You should call Andrew B. Weiss, MD, if you have shoulder pain that lasts longer than a few days and doesn’t improve with home care. Call right away if your pain follows an acute injury, such as a fall.
First, Dr. Weiss thoroughly reviews your medical history and asks you to describe your shoulder pain. He performs a complete orthopedic exam to check for swelling, tenderness, and limited range of motion. He may also take diagnostic tests, such as an on-site digital X-ray, to identify the cause of your shoulder pain.
After Dr. Weiss diagnoses your condition, he discusses the best course of treatment. Dr. Weiss always begins treatment with the most conservative approach, which may include activity modification or physical therapy.
Other nonsurgical treatments for shoulder pain include oral or injected medications and regenerative medicine like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy. He may also use an imaging technique like ultrasound to guide the injection to the precise area of injury or damage.
In some cases, surgery may be necessary. If so, Dr. Weiss uses minimally invasive arthroscopy whenever possible. This technique treats shoulder injuries, such as a torn rotator cuff, through tiny incisions the size of a buttonhole. Afterward, physical therapy is usually necessary to restore shoulder function.
If you suffer from shoulder pain, call Andrew B. Weiss, MD, or book an appointment online today.