Shoulder Pain Treatment in Boston

There are many complex structures of the shoulder that can be strained or injured causing pain. Shoulder pain may include any pain in or around the shoulder joint.

If you’re struggling with shoulder pain and want to consult with a Board Certified Orthopedic surgeon to discuss treatment options, contact Boston Concierge Orthopedics today. Dr. Robert McLaughlin has over 25 years of experience treating shoulder pain. He is the only one you will interact with during your visit.

A Closer Look at Your Shoulder

The shoulder is the most movable joint in the human body. A group of four muscles and their tendons, called the rotator cuff, give the shoulder its wide range of motion.

What are Common Causes of Shoulder Pain?

Arthritis, tendonitis, or instability of the shoulder can cause shoulder pain. You may have pain when lifting the arm above your head or moving it forward or behind your back.

The most common cause of shoulder pain occurs when rotator cuff tendons become inflamed or damaged. This condition is called rotator cuff tendinitis or bursitis.

Shoulder pain may also be caused by:

  • Arthritis in the shoulder joint
  • Bone spurs in the shoulder area
  • Bursitis, which is inflammation of a fluid-filled sac (bursa) that normally protects the joint and helps it move smoothly
  • Frozen shoulder, which occurs when the muscles, tendons, and ligaments inside the shoulder become stiff, making movement difficult and painful
  • Overuse or injury of nearby tendons, such as the bicep muscles of the arms
  • Tears of the rotator cuff tendons
  • Poor shoulder posture and mechanics
  • May be due to a problem in another area of the body, such as the neck or lungs

What are some Serious Causes of Shoulder Pain?

Some shoulder pain can be due to aging or everyday wear and tear. However, some shoulder pain is more serious and may require immediate attention.

These include:

  • Shoulder separation
  • Broken shoulder bone
  • Dislocation of the shoulder

When Should I Seek Treatment?

Dr. McLaughlin is specially trained to assist you with your shoulder pain and help you get back to normal functioning. He can talk with you about your concerns and work with you to get you the right treatment. 

How Can Shoulder Pain be Treated?

We have many options to help get you the relief you need. Shoulder pain can limit your mobility and the quality of your life. If you’ve been dealing with pain, visit with Boston Concierge Orthopedics to get you the relief you need.

Treatment options for shoulder pain include:

  • Injection of an anti-inflammatory medicine called corticosteroid using ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate placement
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Posture-strengthening exercises
  • Surgery

Dr. McLaughlin will perform a physical exam and closely look at your shoulder and review any studies that you have. You will be asked questions to help Dr. McLaughlin understand your shoulder problem.

Imaging tests, such as x-rays or MRI’s, may also be ordered to help diagnose the problem.

Why Choose Us?

If you’re tired of living with shoulder pain and want to speak with a Board Certified Orthopedic surgeon about treatment options, contact Boston Concierge Orthopedics today. Dr. Robert McLaughlin has 25 years of experience treating shoulder pain and will help you get back on track quickly.