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Shoulder Pain Specialist



Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, & Podiatry located in Merrillville, IN

Shoulder pain can prevent you from completing routine, everyday tasks. Fortunately, help is within reach at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants in Merrillville, Indiana. Their board-certified orthopaedic surgeons find the root cause of shoulder pain and offer effective treatments, including shoulder replacement, that repair tissue damage. Call the Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants office or schedule an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is shoulder pain?

Your shoulder joint consists of ligaments, tendons, bones, muscles, and cartilage; it connects your upper arm to the rest of your body.

Shoulder pain often stems from an injury, disease, or age-related wear and tear. It could appear with one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Tingling 
  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Weakness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Stiffness
  • Instability
  • Warmth
  • Sharp pain
  • Dull aching
  • Burning
  • Bruising

If shoulder pain doesn’t go away on its own with home remedies or causes severe symptoms, see Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants specialists for an evaluation. 

What are the common causes of shoulder pain?

The factors contributing to your shoulder pain might include: 

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Impingement
  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Dislocations
  • Muscle injuries
  • Age-related wear
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis

You might have shoulder pain because of a sports injury, work-related injury, car accident, falling, older age, or being in a car accident.

How does my provider diagnose the cause of shoulder pain?

To pinpoint the cause of shoulder pain and develop an effective treatment, the specialists at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants discuss your symptoms and medical history. 

They also check your vital signs, complete a physical exam to assess your joints, and usually recommend that you undergo diagnostic tests. These might include blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures. 

How is shoulder pain treated?

Depending on the root cause of your shoulder discomfort, Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants specialists may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

Home care

Using over-the-counter pain relievers, wearing a sling, resting your shoulder joint, and using hot or cold packs can reduce shoulder discomfort and speed up the healing of injured tissues.


Taking oral medications can reduce inflammation, tissue deterioration, and shoulder joint pain.

Physical therapy

Working with physical therapists at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants can strengthen affected tissues, reduce discomfort, and speed healing after shoulder joint damage. 


Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), steroid, hyaluronic acid, and stem cell injections can reduce inflammation and pain. In addition, they help stimulate your body’s natural ability to regenerate cells and heal.


If you experience severe or ongoing shoulder discomfort that doesn’t go away with other treatments, the specialists at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants might recommend surgery to repair, remove, or replace damaged tissues.

To experience relief from shoulder pain, schedule an appointment at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants; call the office or book a visit online today.