The shoulder is widely considered the most versatile joint in our bodies. As such, the shoulder provides a huge amount of flexibility, but unfortunately, it can also be subjected to shoulder pain or discomfort. This discomfort can impact patients of any age but is most commonly experienced by older patients.
Often, shoulder pain can be associated with one of four main causes: a fracture, arthritis, instability, or inflammation. Minor shoulder pain will sometimes go away on its own, but more persistent conditions should be brought to the attention of a shoulder specialist.
If you find yourself experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from a shoulder injury or condition:
- Stiffness or pain present in or around the shoulder joint
- Shoulder mobility that is limited
- The inability to reach overhead, or discomfort while doing so
- Shoulder joint pain so severe that it prevents you from sleeping
- A grinding or popping sensation when the shoulder is in use
You may be suffering from a recent shoulder injury such as a shoulder dislocation or a rotator cuff tear. Alternatively, your shoulder pain may have developed over an extended period of time from a condition such as bursitis or shoulder tendonitis (referred to in the medical world as tendinitis). Regardless of your condition, the team Virgin Islands shoulder specialists here at Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global understands how important it is that you achieve pain relief and restored shoulder function.
The best option for treating your shoulder pain will be dependent upon your exact condition and the severity of your pain. Your shoulder specialist here at Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global will work with you to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
Common treatment options for less severe shoulder pain can include the use of corticosteroids or NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory) medications, a shoulder immobilizer or sling, and physical therapy. In more severe cases, shoulder replacement may be the most viable option for extended pain relief. If you do opt for surgery, our shoulder surgeons will walk you through the entire process from pre-surgery to recovery.
Why Choose Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global?
Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global is proud to have a hand-selected team of shoulder surgeons who have completed extensive training centered around the shoulder. Our shoulder surgeons, Dr. Adam Flowers and Dr. Brian Bacot, have the advanced training necessary to properly access, diagnose, and treat virtually any condition or shoulder injury you may be experiencing. Our shoulder surgeons are in direct contact with our team of physical therapists at COG Restore, ensuring that you make a smooth and successful transition from surgery to rehabilitation.
To speak with a Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global shoulder surgeon in the Virgin Islands, including St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix, please request an appointment using our online portal or contact us via phone at (340) 779-2663.