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Shoulder Pain Specialists in San Antonio

Shoulder pain affects millions of people of all ages and may be the result of an injury or various chronic medical conditions.

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

There are many different reasons you could be experiencing shoulder pain, including injury, mechanical problems, arthritis, and other problems.

Here are some of the most common conditions that cause shoulder pain.
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The most common type of shoulder is osteoarthritis due to normal “wear and tear,” which causes swelling, stiffness, and pain. However, other types of arthritis may occur due to inflammation and injury. Symptoms of shoulder arthritis include pain that worsens with use, limited range of motion, a grinding sensation, weakness, and difficulty sleeping.

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Most shoulder fractures are caused by high-impact trauma such as falls and car accidents and most commonly involve the collarbone (clavicle), the top of the upper arm (proximal humerus), and the shoulder blade (scapula). Symptoms vary slightly depending on the exact location of the fracture but commonly include, pain, swelling, deformity, bruising and limited range of motion or movement.

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Dislocations occur when the bones on opposite sides of a joint do not line up properly. Shoulder dislocations can occur within multiple parts of the shoulder, including the collarbone (also known as a”separated shoulder”), the sternoclavicular, and the ball and socket joint—either at the front (anterior) or the back (posterior). Symptoms include pain, deformity, loss of movement, and sensation of a “dead arm.”

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Rotator Cuff Tears

Rotator cuff tears occur when tendons (the tissues that connect muscle to bone) around the shoulder joint are either partially or completely torn. Rotator cuff tears typically occur due to trauma or injury such as a fall, or from normal “wear and tear” over time due to repetitive motions. Symptoms include pain, weakness, and grinding or cracking sensation or sounds when moving the arm.

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Featured Conditions & Treatments

Texas Ortho Center diagnoses and treats and variety of conditions that affect the shoulder.

Check out our most commonly performed treatment and most seen conditions for shoulder pain.

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Total Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder replacement surgery is a highly successful treatment for patients who are suffering from severe pain and stiffness caused by traumatic injury or end-stage arthritis.

Shoulder Injuries

Not all shoulder pain is serious, but having a shoulder injury—even a minor one—makes it more likely that you’ll have similar injuries in the future. Learn more about the common shoulder injuries we treat.

Is it Time to Seek Medical Treatment for Your Shoulder Pain?

Many types of minor shoulder pain respond well to self-care measures or more conservative treatment, such as over-the-counter pain medications, rest, or physical therapy, however, in some cases, surgery may be required.

If you are experiencing the following, it may be time to seek professional medical treatment for your shoulder pain.

  • Severe shoulder pain that is associated with an injury
  • Not able to perform normal daily activities
  • You’re experiencing loss of mobility or weakness in the shoulder
  • Have redness, pain, and swelling 
  • See an obvious deformity in your shoulder or arm
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