Shoulder Pain

Relief for Your Shoulder Pain

Orthopedic Centers of America only invites board-certified, specialty-trained shoulder doctors who are proven experts in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder issues into our network. This is why you can be assured that you will be matched with a doctor who is nationally recognized for his or her advanced knowledge, experience and use of innovative technologies to correct shoulder problems.

Because the shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body, it is easily injured while performing daily activities and participating in sports. Work related trauma, rotator cuff tears, instability and arthritis are shoulder problems that require specialized expertise and an understanding of operative techniques from the doctor you choose. You rely on the freedom to move your shoulders without pain for your normal daily tasks, which is why it is important that you see an experienced orthopedic shoulder specialist you can trust.

If you are suffering from an athletic injury of the shoulder, our orthopedic shoulder specialists are available to give you an expert exam and save you both time and money spent by going to the emergency room. Whether you are an athlete with a sports-related injury or experience pain from arthritis, you can rely on our doctors to tailor a treatment plan for your individual condition and activity requirements so that your pain will be quickly resolved and you are able to regain mobility and participate in the activities you enjoy. At Orthopedic Centers, we want to help. Call 1-888-549-0835 to speak with a patient coordinator. The call is free, and it is the best thing you can do for yourself.

When to See a Shoulder Specialist

If you are experiencing problems with your shoulder that is interfering in your daily activities, then it is time to see a shoulder expert. If you feel pain when you move your shoulder, either some or all the time, then you should see an orthopedic specialist.

Many shoulder injuries occur because of frequent, repetitive, overhead motions with the arm. Others, however, have an immediate onset due to a significant injury. It is at these times that you may need to seek quality medical care for your shoulder from an expert who understands the impact these injuries have on your daily activities. Orthopedic Centers of America is not involved in prescribing narcotics for pain to mask the symptoms. Instead, the physicians seek to address the underlying cause of pain.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be time to seek medical treatment for your shoulder.

  • If the shoulder pain persists despite home care with rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medications.
  • If the shoulder pain prevents overhead reaching.
  • If the shoulder pain prevents you from playing sports in which an overhead motion is required.

Common Conditions

Chronic Pain

Many people accept chronic pain, such as that associated with bursitis or arthritis of the shoulder, as something they must endure. If you are experiencing chronic pain, you are not alone. At Orthopedic Centers of America, we have helped more than 30,000 patients find the relief they were looking for, and we are ready to help you.

If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder, contact an Orthopedic Centers of America patient coordinator now at 1-888-549-0835 and get matched with a highly-acclaimed shoulder specialist who can provide the personalized care you need!


The most obvious benefit of treatments for your shoulder is relief from pain, usually without the need for a long hospital stay. However, other benefits include:

Popular Procedures and Treatments

Our recognized experts use a wide variety of treatments and procedures to provide relief from injuries and chronic pain of the shoulder. Instead of prescribing narcotics, our orthopedic shoulder specialists address the underlying cause of pain and collaboratively work with you to create a treatment plan that will alleviate your pain and restore your shoulder’s mobility.

Medical science is rapidly developing more effective and less invasive techniques to diagnose and treat shoulder conditions, making recovery times faster. With the emergence of highly successful regenerative medicine technologies, such as the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP), some procedures may easily resolve your shoulder pain.

It is important, however, to choose an orthopedic shoulder specialist who is trained in and understands regenerative medicine, if this is the treatment you prefer. It is for this reason that Orthopedic Centers of America carefully considers each physician before they are invited to become participants of our exclusive network. By doing so, you can be comfortable knowing that our doctors adhere to evidence-based medicine and remain compliant with FDA regulations while providing the most advanced and comprehensive care available.

Some of the common treatment options are the following:

Non-Surgical Treatments

If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder, our board-certified doctors can help you get back to your daily activities. Thanks to scientific advancements and innovative techniques in orthopedics, our highly-trained shoulder specialists explore non-surgical treatment options such as physical therapy or platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy whenever possible. These conservative treatment options have proven to be effective at treating many shoulder conditions with better outcomes and faster recovery times.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is an innovative treatment that uses healing components from your own blood, injected into the shoulder to increase your body’s natural ability to repair itself. The injection is placed at the precise place of injury or pain to stimulate the natural reparative mechanisms of the body.

Cell Therapy

Cell therapy, an innovative treatment strategy, has been proven to be safe and may be a regenerative medicine option that you will want to discuss with your doctor. Because the body does not always receive the signals to initiate repair at a site of injury or inflammation, stem cells may be harvested from a rich source, such as bone marrow, and placed at the exact area causing pain. With a real-time ultrasound diagnosis of your shoulder, your doctor will be able to not only see the cause of the pain but place the stem cells in that area to encourage the surrounding tissues, ligaments and muscles to repair the damage.

Orthopedic Centers of America does not participate in cells sourced from Embryonic, Umbilical Cord Blood/Placental Tissue, Amniotic Fluid, or Amniotic Tissue. Only adult cells from one’s own body are used by the doctors in the Orthopedic Centers of America network.

Minimally-Invasive Surgery

Injections, physical therapy, PRP and stem cell therapy are just a few options your doctor may discuss with you. In those cases where surgery is necessary, we offer the latest, state-of-the art minimally invasive techniques which allow you to recover faster than open surgery. Your orthopedic specialist will collaborate with you to find the best treatment option for your case.

Preparation for Shoulder Surgery

How you prepare for shoulder surgery will depend on the procedure. Your doctor will provide instructions to you for the preparation of surgery that may include information about the medications and supplements you take regularly. Because some medications and supplements may increase the risk of bleeding during surgery, you should ask your physician what applies to you.

Additionally, you may receive instructions about fasting from your doctor. Follow the instructions provided to avoid having your surgery postponed. Finally, discuss with your doctor the possible need to arrange a ride home after the surgery. Your safety is of utmost importance and anesthesia may compromise your driving ability.


Your orthopedic shoulder specialist may recommend physical therapy after a surgical procedure to enable you to quickly regain mobility and function of your shoulder following surgery. Following these instructions will help to ensure a speedy recovery and get you back to participating in the activities you enjoy!

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