Shoulder Pain

Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa

Orthopedic Surgery located in Tulsa, OK

Injuries to your shoulder can cause acute pain and disability, but you could also develop overuse injuries or chronic conditions like arthritis. James Cash, MD, of Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa, is a fellowship-trained surgeon who provides exceptional treatments for shoulder pain, including using state-of-the-art surgical techniques. For expert relief from your shoulder pain, call the office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, or book an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Shoulders are highly movable joints that enable you to lift and rotate your arm in a wide arc. This extensive range of motion is invaluable but can mean your shoulder joint is vulnerable to injuries and diseases that cause pain.

Dr. Cash diagnoses and treats a comprehensive range of conditions that cause shoulder pain, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Labral tears
  • Fractures 
  • Dislocations
  • Shoulder instability
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Bone spurs
  • Biceps tendon tears
  • Cuff tear arthropathy

Acute shoulder injuries like rotator cuff tears and dislocations might occur if you fall badly or when playing sports. Overuse injuries like tendinitis and bursitis typically develop more slowly and are usually a result of repeated overhead movements. 

The chronic pain of arthritis is often a result of wear-and-tear or previous damage to the joint.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Treatments for shoulder pain vary according to the cause of your condition and how badly it’s affecting you. Acute injuries like fractures might require urgent surgery to repair the bones, followed by wearing a cast while the shoulder heals. 

If you don’t need surgery right away, Dr. Cash is likely to use conservative treatments such as:

  • Rest and activity modification
  • Wearing a sling to immobilize your shoulder
  • Physical therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Cortisone injections

A combination of these therapies is often an effective solution to shoulder pain. However, if you have a more severe injury where the tissues can’t heal properly, or your condition isn’t improving, Dr. Cash might recommend surgery.

What type of surgery might I need for shoulder pain?

There are several surgical options for shoulder pain, including:

Shoulder arthroscopy

Arthroscopy uses minimally invasive techniques that enable Dr. Cash to see the inside of your shoulder joint without causing much tissue damage. He can perform a variety of repairs, including reconstruction of damaged tendons, using arthroscopic techniques.

Shoulder replacement

If the joint is so badly damaged it’s not repairable, or you have advanced arthritis that’s no longer responding to moderate therapies, shoulder replacement surgery might be your best option.

Dr. Cash performs total shoulder replacement, where he replaces the top of the arm bone and the socket in your shoulder blade. He can also do partial shoulder replacement, where he replaces one bone and leaves the other if it’s sufficiently healthy.

For patients with shoulder instability problems, Dr. Cash can do a reverse total shoulder replacement, where he fits the new socket at the top of your arm and the new ball part of the joint into your shoulder blade.

To find the cause of your shoulder pain and get prompt, expert treatment, call Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa today or book an appointment online.