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Do You Have Chronic Shoulder Pain? Know Your Treatment Options

US News America's Best Hospitals Orthopedics AwardLiving with chronic shoulder pain can make performing simple daily activities difficult. Thankfully, there is a wide array of treatment options available to you. Depending on the source of your discomfort, treatment can involve anything from simply resting your shoulder to orthopedic surgery. The disparity in treatments is due to the complexity of the shoulder, which comprises several bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons that give the arm a full 180-degree range of motion. This high level of mobility leaves the shoulder particularly susceptible to many types of injuries and diseases, including fractures, dislocations, and arthritis.  

Non-Surgical Versus Surgical Treatment Options

If you have persistent or worsening shoulder pain, you should seek care from an orthopedic specialist who will be able to evaluate your condition and recommend appropriate treatment. Many painful shoulder conditions can be corrected through lifestyle changes and non-surgical treatments, such as receiving injections, physical therapy, and regenerative medicines that trigger the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

When these non-surgical treatments prove to be unsuccessful, surgical intervention may be necessary to relieve the pain and mend torn muscles, tendons, and/or ligaments, replace a shoulder joint, or repair a fractured humerus. Specifically, if your pain is due to a torn rotator cuff, a reverse shoulder replacement may be suggested. This technique secures the artificial replacements of the humerus and glenoid cavity to opposite places in the shoulder. Doing so forces the healthier deltoid muscles to control the arm, taking that responsibility away from the injured rotator cuff. If your shoulder pain is due to a previous failed joint replacement, a revision joint replacement will likely be necessary.

Specialized Shoulder Replacement Surgery is Available at Tampa General Hospital

Specialized treatment for shoulder pain caused by a variety of musculoskeletal conditions is available at Tampa General Hospital, recognized as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report for 2019-2020. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons and physicians have completed extensive training to become orthopedic specialists and utilize leading-edge medical technologies to better diagnose and treat shoulder pain. Orthopedic patients receive care at TGH’s Joint Center, where our physicians perform a high volume of complex orthopedic surgeries and joint replacement revision surgeries every year, leading to more favorable outcomes. Physical therapy is part of the post-surgical process, beginning immediately after a shoulder replacement procedure is performed.

If you would like to discuss treatment options for your shoulder pain with one of our orthopedic specialists, click here to use our online Physician Finder or call 1-800-822-DOCS (3627) to obtain a referral to an orthopedic physician.