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Shoulder Pain Specialist

Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine & Joint Replacement located in Kansas City, MO

Your shoulder is more flexible than any other joint in your body, so any type of shoulder pain can interfere with your daily routine. The expert team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, diagnoses and treats a variety of conditions that cause shoulder pain. Call the office or book an appointment online today to find relief from shoulder pain.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

The shoulder is a complex and highly movable joint that attaches your upper arm bone (humerus) to your shoulder blade (scapula). A group of tendons and muscles called the rotator cuff helps stabilize the joint and allows you to lift and rotate your arm. 

This broad range of motion also makes your shoulder joint particularly vulnerable to injuries and conditions that cause pain. The team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine evaluates and treats many problems that cause shoulder pain, including:

  • Arthritis of the shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Bursitis or tendinitis
  • Shoulder and arm fractures 
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Chronic shoulder instability
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Sports injuries
  • Bone spurs
  • Biceps tendon tears
  • Labrum tears

Shoulder injuries can occur suddenly, like during a bad fall. More often, shoulder injuries develop gradually as the result of overuse from repetitive arm movements. You may be at higher risk of shoulder pain if you have a hobby or career that requires lifting your arms overhead repeatedly, like painting, construction, or playing tennis. 

When should I see a doctor for shoulder pain?

Most causes of shoulder pain worsen over time. Without professional treatment, they may turn into long-term (chronic) conditions. You should schedule an appointment at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine any time you have shoulder pain that continues longer than a few weeks and doesn’t improve with home treatments like rest and ice. 

Seek medical care right away if you have severe shoulder pain that results from a sudden (acute) injury, such as a car accident. 

How is shoulder pain diagnosed and treated?

First, your Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine provider asks you to describe your shoulder pain and symptoms. They review your medical history and examine your shoulder, checking your arm strength and range of motion. They may also take an X-ray.

After they diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain, the Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine team develops a personalized treatment plan. Depending on your specific problem, treatment for shoulder pain may include:

  • Immobilization in a sling
  • Physical therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Cortisone injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

If your condition is severe or doesn’t resolve with conservative treatment, shoulder surgery may be necessary. The Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine surgeons perform various procedures, including minimally invasive shoulder arthroscopy and total shoulder replacement. 

We proudly serve the greater Kansas City area. Call Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, or book an appointment online today for expert care for shoulder pain.