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Shoulder Pain Specialist

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics -  - Orthopedics

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Nashville, TN & Franklin, TN

Your shoulder is a complex joint capable of an extensive range of motion, making it vulnerable to injury. If you have shoulder pain, our shoulder doctors can see you at four locations in Nashville and one in Franklin, Tennessee. Call an Elite office near you or book online today.

Shoulder Pain and Visiting a Shoulder Doctor in Nashville or Franklin, TN

What causes shoulder pain?

You might experience shoulder pain from years of work or sports-related stressors. It’s also possible you suffered an acute trauma such as a fall or auto accident.

Other types of shoulder pain might stem from tendinitis or fractures. Scapula (shoulder blade) fractures can be particularly painful.

Another problem is arthritis, most often in the form of osteoarthritis. In this condition, the articular cartilage that protects the ends of your bones wears away, allowing the bones to rub painfully together.

One of the most common shoulder problems is dislocation, where the humerus comes partially or entirely out of its socket.

What kind of doctor treats shoulder pain?

An orthopedic shoulder doctor can diagnose shoulder conditions and offer a treatment plan for your pain.

Why is dislocation often a cause of shoulder pain?

The positioning of your upper arm bone (humerus) and the socket (glenoid) in your shoulder blade lets you rotate your arm in a wide arc. A network of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff overlays the shoulder joint to keep the bones in place.

Dislocation is often a problem in the shoulder more than other joints, and these types of injuries often damage the rotator cuff as well. As the head of the humerus comes out of the glenoid, it can also cause the labrum (cartilage that lines the rim of your glenoid) to tear.

A torn glenoid is called a Bankart lesion. A similar injury is a SLAP (superior labrum anterior and posterior) tear, which affects the top part of your labrum at the attachment point of your biceps tendon. 

If you dislocate your shoulder once, you're more likely to do it again, and injuries like Bankart lesions can lead to chronic shoulder instability.

How do Elite's Nashville shoulder doctors treat shoulder pain?

Treatment for your shoulder pain varies by injury. Our shoulder doctors in Nashville and Franklin, TN are experts in their field and have access to state-of-the-art, onsite diagnostic imaging technology, including X-ray and MRI machines.

Unless you need urgent surgery, the most common treatments for shoulder pain are likely to be:

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Activity modification and rest

While often these treatment methods prove successful, ultimately, some patients may require surgery. The shoulder specialists at Elite perform minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder surgery for these patients.

What surgery might I need for shoulder pain?

Bankart lesion repair involves reattachment using sutures and anchors. SLAP lesion repair also involves stitching, or your surgeon may decide to remove the torn piece of labrum altogether. You might also need to undergo biceps tenodesis to treat a biceps tendon tear.

If you have severe arthritis or irreparable damage to your shoulder joint, you might require a shoulder replacement. This is also an option for shoulder instability that isn't responding to other treatments, but in this case, you would have a reverse total shoulder replacement.

For expert advice, visit one of our Nashville shoulder doctors today by calling or booking an appointment online.




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