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Shoulder Pain

Jeremy Woodson, MD

Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeons located in Oklahoma City, OK

Up to 70% of adults experience shoulder pain at least once in their lifetime. If you’re having trouble lifting or rotating your arms, Jeremy Woodson, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, helps repair the underlying injury so you can be pain-free and mobile again. At his state-of-the-art office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Dr. Woodson and his team offer a variety of supportive and cutting-edge therapies for shoulder pain, including platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) therapy, stem cell therapy, and advanced, minimally invasive surgical repairs. Call his friendly office team today to schedule an appointment.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

Why do I have shoulder pain?

Your shoulder is a highly mobile, ball-and-socket joint that rotates 360 degrees and moves upward, downward, frontward, and backward. That amazing degree of mobility, though, comes with a downside. To enable free movement, the socket part of your shoulder is shallow, which increases the amount of stress on supporting tendons, ligaments, muscles, and other tissues. 

As an orthopedic surgeon and sport-medicine specialist, Dr. Woodson is an expert at treating a wide variety of shoulder pain disorders. Some of the most common reasons why your shoulder hurts are:

  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Shoulder instability
  • Clavicle fracture
  • Impinged nerve
  • Inflamed tendons
  • Sprains or strains
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder

Sometimes your shoulder pain is caused by tense neck muscles that radiate to your shoulder. Dr. Woodson and his team diagnose the reason for your pain by examining your shoulder, evaluating your range of motion, and ordering imaging studies, if necessary.

How do doctors treat shoulder pain?

Because Dr. Woodson is a sports-medicine specialist as well as an orthopedic surgeon, he recommends the least invasive, most supportive therapies whenever possible. Some early interventions and first-line remedies for shoulder pain could include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Changing the way you move 
  • Temporarily immobilizing shoulder with a sling
  • Joint injections with steroids or anesthetics

He might also recommend state-of-the-art regenerative medicine therapies that bolster your body’s ability to heal and regenerate damaged tissue. Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) injections are made from a concentrated version of your blood. You could also benefit from stem-cell therapy, which may be derived from your fat or bone marrow.

Do I need surgery for my shoulder pain?

If you’ve torn your rotator cuff, have advanced arthritis, or have other severe damage to your shoulder, Dr. Woodson may recommend surgery or shoulder joint replacement. He’s one of the first surgeons to perform an innovative, minimally invasive surgical method of repairing the rotator cuff.

If you need a shoulder replacement, he works with a top hospital that’s renowned for its excellence in joint replacement. He also uses robotic surgery and advanced technology and materials to minimize trauma and shorten your recovery time.

To find out why you have shoulder pain and restore your mobility, contact Dr. Woodson’s highly trained team by phone today to schedule your appointment.