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, the board-certified surgeons at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics can help. With four locations in Nashville and one in Franklin, Tennessee, they provide comprehensive treatment options for shoulder pain, including minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. To receive excellent care for your shoulder pain, call the Elite office to find out more or book an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

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.

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 is shoulder pain treated?

Treatment for your shoulder pain varies by injury. Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics has state-of-the-art, onsite diagnostic imaging technology, including X-ray and MRI machines, that Elite’s orthopedic physicians combine with years of expertise to pinpoint your shoulder issue.

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 Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics team specializes in performing 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 and treatment of shoulder pain, call Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics or schedule an appointment online today.




Our Shoulder Pain Specialists

Dr. Elrod


Dr. Moore


Dr. Dovan

Dr. Price


Dr. Samuel Crosby


Dr. Martin

Dr. Dierckman