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Shoulder Conditions

Shoulder Conditions Limit Mobility

Many different things can cause shoulder pain, but issues caused by chronic shoulder conditions may be less well known than widely reported shoulder injuries like torn rotator cuff or broken clavicle. Typical shoulder disorders seen by orthopedic specialists include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)

Bursitis occurs when the cushioning pads inside the shoulder joint become swollen and irritated. This may also involve degenerating tendons and soft tissue around the rotator cuff. Tendonitis and bursitis may develop as a natural result of aging and repetitive use, but diseases like rheumatoid arthritis also play a role. Chronic irritation of the bursa and rotator cuff may also lead to painful nerve impingement in the shoulder joint.

Biceps tendonitis refers to an inflammatory condition impacting the strong tendon connecting the upper arm muscle (long head of the biceps tendon) to the shoulder blade and top of the shoulder socket. Irritation over time causes the tendon covering to thicken and enlarge, sometimes tearing and creating a visible bulge on the upper arm.

Adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder, develops after a severe injury leaves the shoulder immobile for an extended period because of shoulder pain. After not moving for so long, attempting to use the shoulder results in inflamed joint tissues and reduced synovial fluid to lubricate the shoulder socket. People age 40 to 70, especially those with diabetes, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and rheumatoid arthritis, carry a higher risk factor for frozen shoulder.

Shoulder pain due to arthritis may develop over time with repetitive wear and tear. This type of osteoarthritis gets progressively worse over time, often beginning in middle age. Joint swelling, stiffness, and pain may also stem from other types of arthritis or infections.

Treatment by an orthopedic surgeon or ortho doctor with specialized training in shoulder and other musculoskeletal conditions is key to relieving shoulder pain. Many shoulder problems respond well to treatment such as physical therapy and pain management. Some shoulder conditions call for minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery or more extensive reconstructive or shoulder joint replacement surgery.

Osteopathic Physicians Treat Shoulder Conditions

When shoulder pain limits your mobility and lowers your quality of life, it’s time to get help from a specialist. Call 855-41-ORTHO for an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital at Arlington. Our mission is to deliver compassionate care, advanced diagnostic services, and effective treatment for a full range of orthopedic and spine conditions.