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Shoulder Pain Specialist

ARC Orthopedic Group

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in West Hills, CA

Considering the wear and tear on your shoulder, it’s no surprise that 40-50% of adults struggle with chronic shoulder pain. If you need relief from pain and limited arm movement, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Umesh Bhagia, MD, at ARC Orthopedic Group can help. He has extensive experience providing customized treatment, ranging from conservative medical care to advanced surgeries. Using an injured shoulder only makes the problem worse. Don’t wait to call the office in West Hills or Thousand Oaks, California, or book an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q&A

What causes shoulder pain?

Rotator cuff injuries are one of the top causes of shoulder pain. The rotator cuff includes four muscles and their tendons. These tissues have the job of stabilizing your shoulder joint and allowing the full range of movement while holding your upper arm in the socket.

Other problems that often cause shoulder pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Labral tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Shoulder fractures
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Frozen shoulder

You have a higher chance of shoulder pain if you participate in activities that involve repetitive or strenuous overhead movements, such as weight lifting and pitching.

What symptoms accompany shoulder pain?

When an injury, degenerative disease, or inflammatory condition causes shoulder pain, chances are you also have symptoms such as:

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

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

How is shoulder pain treated?

Whenever possible, your treatment begins with immobilizing your shoulder, avoiding activities that cause pain, steroid injections, and physical therapy. Platelet-rich plasma injections may also help heal your shoulder.

Shoulder fractures and torn tendons may need surgery as the first line of treatment. Your provider may also talk with you about surgery if your pain doesn’t improve with conservative treatments or you have advanced arthritis.

What type of surgery might I need for shoulder pain?

ARC Orthopedic Group has extensive experience performing several types of shoulder surgery:

Rotator cuff repair

If your symptoms don’t improve, you have a large tendon tear, or develop significant weakness and loss of shoulder function, your provider performs minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to repair the rotator cuff. They reattach a ruptured tendon to the bone. If you have a partial tear, they may only need to trim the tissues.

Total shoulder replacement

People with advanced arthritis and severe fractures may need a minimally invasive total shoulder replacement. The procedure involves removing the damaged bone and cartilage and replacing them with metal and plastic components. 

Your provider uses VELYS™ Digital Surgery, advanced technology that personalizes your surgery and ensures the replacement fits your unique joint.

Reverse total shoulder replacement

People with a damaged rotator cuff that isn’t repairable or who have severe pain and limited arm movement may need a reverse shoulder replacement. During this procedure, your provider rebuilds the joint, switching the ball and socket so you use the arm muscle for movement instead of the rotator cuff.

If you need relief from shoulder pain, call ARC Orthopedic Group, or request an appointment online today.