Shoulder Pain Specialist

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Shoulder Pain services offered in Porterville, Reedley and Visalia, CA

If your shoulder joint is aching, swollen, or stiff, see the experts at Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services in Visalia, Reedley, and Porterville, California. The skilled team of orthopaedic surgeons diagnoses the root cause of shoulder pain and offers an array of highly effective treatments. Call the office to schedule an evaluation or book an appointment online today.

What is shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is an uncomfortable feeling in the joint that connects your upper arm to your torso. You might have mild aching, severe pain, or discomfort that comes and goes. It could appear because of a disease, age-related wear, or an injury. Getting treated for shoulder pain by the specialists at Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services offers the relief you desire. 

What does a shoulder injury feel like?

If you have a shoulder injury, you may experience:

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Dull aching
  • Sharp or shooting discomfort
  • Burning pain
  • Tingling 
  • Numbness
  • Bruising
  • Weakness
  • Instability 
  • Redness 
  • Warmth 
  • Inability to lift your arm above your head

Your pain could be mild and go away on its own over time or severe and crippling. See the Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services at the first sign of an ongoing problem. 

What are the common causes of shoulder pain?

Common causes and risk factors for shoulder pain include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Nerve injuries
  • Fractures
  • Tendonitis
  • Tendon ruptures
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Joint inflammation 
  • Dislocation 
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Impingement
  • Age-related wear
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Torn cartilage

You might injure your shoulder lifting something heavy, falling, being in a car accident, or playing sports. You may also experience shoulder injuries because of a physically demanding job.

How does my provider diagnose the cause of shoulder pain?

The experts at Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services find the cause of shoulder pain by reviewing your medical history, lifestyle habits, and symptoms. They also check your vital signs and complete a physical exam, looking for signs of an injury or disease.

Your provider could order blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or arthroscopy to get an in-depth view of the inside of your shoulder joint.

How is shoulder pain treated?

The Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services team personalizes shoulder pain treatments based on the type of injury and its severity. They might recommend:

  • Ice or heat packs
  • Brace or sling
  • Medications
  • Injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Shoulder repair surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery

Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services may recommend more than one treatment to give you the best outcome. They always use the latest advances in technology and procedures. 

To find out what’s causing shoulder pain and treat it, call the Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services office or schedule an appointment online today.