Shoulder

BAY AREA ORTHOPAEDIC & SPORTS SPECIALISTS

Warren J. Strudwick, Jr., M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon in Emeryville, CA

Millions of Americans suffer a shoulder injury every year. At Bay Area Orthopaedic & Sports Specialists in Emeryville, California, Warren J. Strudwick, Jr., M.D., treats adults with shoulder injury caused by overuse, trauma, and sports or work. He provides individualized treatment for real and lasting relief, and his team offers compassionate care and personal attention in a warm and relaxing setting. To learn more about the latest, most effective treatment options after a shoulder injury, call the office to book your consultation with Dr. Strudwick today.

Shoulder Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

The shoulder is a complex ball-and-socket joint made up of three bones which are cushioned by cartilage. The most mobile joint in your body, this joint allows you to move your shoulders up and down and move your arms up and away from your body in a circular motion.

When overuse, degeneration or trauma cause damage to the bones, ligaments, muscles, or tendons of the shoulder you may feel pain and limited activity. Shoulder pain tends to increase with activity.

Shoulder problems generally fall into four categories:

  • Tendon or soft tissue inflammation or tears
  • Instability
  • Cartilage injury (arthritis, chondromalacia) 
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures

 

Other, more rare causes of shoulder pain include infection, nerve and blood vessel damage, and tumors.

When should I see a doctor for my shoulder pain?

Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. It’s always a good idea to contact Dr. Strudwick if you’re having shoulder pain.

Other signs that you should schedule a visit to Bay Area Orthopaedic & Sports Specialists include redness, swelling, and tenderness around the shoulder joint. Without treatment, you can worsen your injury and cause even more pain and discomfort.

If your shoulder appears to be deformed or you’re experiencing severe pain and lack of movement or weakness, you should seek immediate medical assistance.

How is shoulder pain treated?

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for a shoulder injury. After a thorough medical evaluation, physical exam, and diagnostic imaging, Dr. Strudwick determines the cause of your pain and recommends treatment for your injury.

He combines traditional methods, noninvasive treatments, and advanced orthopaedic and joint surgery techniques to give you the best results. The goal is always to increase your mobility, strength, and to reduce pain and discomfort.

Dr. Strudwick offers a variety of orthopaedic surgery options to treat shoulder joint pain, including:

  • Shoulder arthroscopy: surgery utilizing a tiny camera to look inside and repair tissues inside and around your shoulder joint
  • Rotator cuff repair: surgical repair of a torn tendon in your shoulder
  • Arthroscopic debridement: removing damaged cartilage or soft tissue from your shoulder joint
  • Distal bicep repair: repairing a torn tendon located near your elbow
  • Distal clavicle resection subacromial decompression: relieving pain or loss of motion due to arthritis or impingement

 

These are just some of the orthopaedic surgery options available to you. Call Bay Area Orthopaedic & Sports Specialists to schedule a consultation with Dr. Strudwick today and learn how you can become active and pain-free again after injury and possible surgery.