Shoulder Pain

Stacey D. McClure, MD, PLLC

Sports Medicine Physician & Orthopedic Surgeon located in Phoenix, AZ

If you’re having shoulder pain, simple movements like getting dressed or brushing your hair can seem nearly impossible. Stacey D. McClure, MD, PLLC, a sports medicine specialist in Phoenix, offers procedures like arthroscopic rotator cuff repair followed by physical therapy to help you recapture your full range of motion. Book online now or call the office for your appointment.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

Why do I have shoulder pain?

Your shoulder pain could stem from many sources. Some common reasons for shoulder pain include:

  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Bicep tendon tear
  • Labrum repair
  • Bursitis

Regardless of its origin, shoulder pain can be particularly difficult and frustrating. After all, you need to use your shoulder for a number of everyday movements, and pain can make those tasks nearly impossible. Trying to use your shoulder in spite of the pain is a bad idea because it often aggravates the injury. Reach out for shoulder pain help before it gets intolerable.

How do you diagnose shoulder pain?

Dr. McClure performs a complete exam, tests your movements, and uses imaging results to confirm your diagnosis. You may need additional X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging tests to pinpoint the precise part of your shoulder where your pain originates.

Once Dr. McClure diagnoses your shoulder pain, he suggests a treatment path based on your needs.

What is the treatment for shoulder pain?

Physical therapy is sometimes enough for pain relief and improved range of motion. Many patients also get excellent relief with steroid injections. If you have chronic shoulder pain that's not relieved with physical therapy and injections, a surgical procedure might be right for you.

As an expert orthopedic surgeon, Dr. McClure regularly performs procedures to relieve shoulder pain. Some of the most common surgical solutions for shoulder pain include:

  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair: minimally invasive rotator cuff repair
  • Arthroscopic labrum repair: minimally invasive surgery to repair the labrum that holds the joint in place
  • Manipulation under anesthesia: procedure to relieve frozen shoulder
  • Fracture repair: resets an area in your shoulder, may include reinforcement pins or plates
  • Bicep tendon repair: restores a damaged or ruptured bicep tendon

After your shoulder surgery, Dr. McClure recommends physical therapy. Your physical therapy sessions are an important component of your recovery, so you'll start them soon after your procedure in most cases. Physical therapy can begin as soon as the first day after the operation for manipulation under anesthesia, or five days post-op after rotator cuff or labrum repair.

Use the online scheduler or call to arrange your appointment at the office of Stacey D. McClure, MD, PLLC, for shoulder pain relief today.