The shoulder is a critical joint responsible for a wide range of arm-related movements. The overuse of the shoulder joint can lead to injuries, degenerative problems, arthritis, shoulder joint dislocation, rotator cuff tendinitis, labral tears, and more. High school and college athletes and others leading similarly active lifestyles have a high risk of acute or chronic shoulder pain because they place immense stress on this critical joint. We diagnose and treat the root cause of shoulder pain in The Woodlands using the latest orthopedic techniques available.

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Symptoms of Shoulder Pain:

  • Dull aching sensation around the shoulders
  • Sharp, severe, or stinging pain on the shoulder
  • Gradual or sudden bouts of discomfort
  • Shoulder pain intensifies with activity or inactivity
  • Limited range of shoulder movements
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness and tingling sensations on the arms
  • Weakness around the shoulders
  • Shoulder instability
  • Stiffness and loss of mobility
  • Swelling around the shoulders
  • Inability to sleep properly

Shoulder pain may occur because of injuries or damages to any shoulder components, including the joints, bones, tendons, muscles, and ligaments. The shoulder is one of the largest and most functional joints in the human body. As such, the specific symptoms of shoulder pain depend on which part of the shoulder is damaged or injured. Injuries to different components of the shoulder lead to different types of symptoms.

Possible Causes of Shoulder Pain:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains and strains
  • Joint injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Impingement
  • Labral tears
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Bicep tendon tears
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Bursitis
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Surgical & Non-Surgical Treatments for Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can occur because of acute or chronic damages to any of the components related to the shoulders. When you contact our orthopedic specialists, we perform thorough physical examinations and discuss your symptoms to narrow down the possible sources of your shoulder pain. We also administer advanced imaging tests, such as ultrasound scans, MRIs, CT scans, and X-rays to visualize the damaged components of your shoulders, thereby determining the true root cause of your shoulder pain in The Woodlands.

Non-Operative Care

Movement Orthopaedic Institute starts most shoulder pain treatments with non-operative solutions, such as rest, physical therapy, medications, and orthobiologics. The term “orthobiologics” refers to non-operative therapies that facilitate natural tissue regeneration. We use PRP and stem cell therapy to activate your body’s internal healing mechanisms, thereby encouraging your body to heal itself without surgeries or downtime. We exhaust all non-operative solutions before recommending shoulder surgeries.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is a minimally invasive technique to diagnose and treat the root cause of shoulder pain, such as rotator cuff tears or shoulder impingement. During this procedure, the surgeon makes extremely small, keyhole-sized incisions on the skin’s surface to insert specialized tools and a tube with a camera. The camera allows the surgeon to visualize the shoulder joint on a screen and then make the necessary repairs. This technique involves minimal downtime or risks.

Open Shoulder Surgery

Open shoulder surgery is the traditional surgical technique for severe shoulder injuries. During this procedure, the surgeon makes one large incision or multiple incisions around the shoulders to access the entire shoulder joint. After exposing the shoulder joint, the surgeon uses numerous surgical techniques to make the necessary repairs to the damaged components. The specific surgical techniques depending on your unique condition. Open shoulder surgery involves more downtime and a slightly higher risk of complications.

Non-Arthroplasty Shoulder Revision Surgery

If you have complications related to primary shoulder surgery, our orthopedic surgeons may perform a non-arthroplasty shoulder revision surgery. If you continue experiencing shoulder pain after your primary surgery or experience new symptoms because of your shoulder surgery, you might be a candidate for this non-arthroplasty technique. Your orthopedic surgeon will carefully evaluate your condition, run numerous diagnostic tests, and provide an overview of your treatment.

Schedule an Appointment

Movement Orthopaedic Institute is a state-of-the-art medical center specializing in sports medicine and orthopedic medicine. We provide non-surgical and surgery pain relief solutions to high school athletes, college athletes, and other individuals with active lifestyles across the Houston area. Our orthopedic surgeons use the latest techniques, such as arthroscopic surgery, orthobiologics, PRP, and stem cell therapy, to address the root cause of your shoulder pain. Please schedule an appointment to explore your treatment options for your shoulder pain in The Woodlands.

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