You may experience an injury that leads to immediate shoulder pain, or your shoulder pain may develop so gradually that you can’t pinpoint a cause. No matter what causes your shoulder pain, you can find relief and improved mobility with treatment from the experienced physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists. If you need help with shoulder pain, call one of the offices in Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, or Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
The mobility of your shoulder makes it susceptible to fractures, dislocations, and soft tissue injuries. Direct blows from a fall or collision or high-energy trauma typically cause fractures.
Shoulder dislocations occur when bones in the joint move out of their normal position. That often happens when the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket, but you can dislocate any of the bones in your shoulder.
Injuries, repetitive movement, and age-related degeneration damage soft tissues in your shoulder, causing:
Rotator cuff tears
The rotator cuff consists of four muscles and their associated tendons, which work together to stabilize your shoulder and facilitate the full range of arm movement. Your doctor may recommend rotator cuff repair if conservative treatment doesn’t help.
When bone compresses rotator cuff tendons during repetitive overhead movement, the soft tissues become inflamed and painful.
Shoulder labral tear
The labrum is a rim of cartilage that helps stabilize your shoulder’s ball-and-socket joint and supports the rotator cuff. A labral tear can lead to partial or complete dislocation.
Shoulder instability refers to a shoulder joint that’s chronically loose, making it prone to dislocation. You can develop shoulder instability from repetitive overhead motions or damage caused by a previous dislocation.
Biceps tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon that connects the biceps to the shoulder bone. It typically occurs together with other shoulder problems, such as a damaged rotator cuff tendon or labral tear.
Osteoarthritis develops over time as cartilage at the end of shoulder bones gradually wears away or becomes frayed. As a result, bones in the joint rub against each other, causing pain, stiffness, and immobility.
Your doctor may recommend a shoulder replacement when pain and immobility aren’t relieved with nonsurgical treatment. During a replacement procedure, your doctor removes all the damaged parts of your shoulder and replaces them with prosthetic implants.
If you have extensive rotator cuff damage, you may need a reverse shoulder replacement, which repairs the joint so that it relies on the deltoid muscle in your upper arm, rather than the rotator cuff, for arm movement.
Please call Barrington Orthopedic Specialists to book an appointment and get expert treatment for your shoulder pain.