physicians at Bryn Mawr Hospital are experts at treating all types
of shoulder pain and injury. A large percentage of conditions are
treated conservatively with anti-inflammatory medications, rest,
cortisone injections or physical therapy.
When these treatments don’t bring relief, the physician may recommend
surgery. Thanks to advances in technology and improved techniques, most
surgical repairs can be done on an outpatient basis. In fact, many
surgeries can be done arthroscopically, meaning they are performed using
pencil-size instruments that are inserted through very small incisions
instead of a large incision.
Shoulder impingement syndrome: The
leading cause of shoulder pain is a group of conditions
called shoulder impingement syndrome. With any of these
problems, a continuous dull ache can become a sharp pain
when you try to move your arm, especially over your
Bursitis: Bursitis is an irritation of
the bursa, a fluid-filled sac providing a cushion
between the rotator cuff tendons and the shoulder bone.
Tendinitis: Tendinitis is a swelling of
the tendons of the rotator cuff deep in the shoulder
that, along with muscles, help stabilize the upper arm
bone in the shoulder joint and allow the arm to rotate.
Irritated rotator cuff: Excessive
wear can lead to severe irritation,
roughening, and eventually ulceration and tearing of the
Shoulder pain can also occur with:
Tears of the Labrum (the soft, fibrous tissue rim that
surrounds the shoulder socket)
Dislocated Shoulder (when the ball comes partially or
completely out of the socket)
Treating Shoulder Injuries
A large percentage of shoulder conditions are treated conservatively
with anti-inflammatory medications, rest, ice or cortisone injections.
Once the pain and inflammation are under control, a program of physical
therapy can help many patients regain motion.
When these treatments don't bring relief, surgery may be recommended.
Many shoulder problems—including impingement syndrome, rotator cuff
tears, torn cartilage and an unstable joint—can be corrected
through arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgical
technique. In some cases, however, if the damage is severe, a shoulder
replacement is the only option for pain-free motion.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.