Shoulder pain in all its forms (impingement, rotator cuff tendinitis, dislocation, AC sprain, etc.) can take an athlete out of the game for a long time. Unfortunately, failed treatment options have kept athletes off the field for even longer than necessary.
Questions About Your Shoulder Pain
- Do you have acute or chronic shoulder pain that has not been resolved with standard medical treatment so far?
- Does your shoulder pain keep you up at night?
- Does pain in the shoulder affect your ability to do basic tasks, such as being able to comb your hair, put on a coat, or open a high cabinet?
- Has a physician ever diagnosed you with a rotator cuff tear or tendinosis?
- Have you been told you have a calcified tendon?
- Have you already seen several primary care physicians or sports med doctors about your shoulder pain?
- Have you ever received steroid injections for shoulder pain?
- Have you ever taken a break from athletic activity, only to find your shoulder pain flare right back up when you start again?
- Are you interested in treating your shoulder pain without surgery or steroids?
If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, then it might be time to schedule an appointment with a sports medicine physician at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute. Learn more about how sports medicine doctors at Hedley may be able to diagnose and treat shoulder pain without the use of surgery,
Diagnosing Shoulder Pain
In most cases, patients with mild to moderate shoulder pain are advised by their primary care provider to rest, ice, and take some ibuprofen. Patients with moderate to severe shoulder pain may receive steroid injections, as well. While these treatment options may help with the inflammation and pain, they do not actively help your shoulder repair damaged tissues. In the case of steroid injections, the shoulder’s degeneration could even be exacerbated.
At Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, we believe patients deserve more. During your first appointment, your sports medicine physician will evaluate your shoulder’s range of motion, tenderness, and swelling. Your physician may also order some diagnostic imaging tests to get a view of the tendons, muscles, and ligaments that may be related to your shoulder pain.
Treating Shoulder Pain
Once your physician has diagnosed your shoulder pain, you may be given the option of an advanced, non-surgical regenerative treatment option. Sports medicine physicians at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute offer some of the most cutting edge treatment modalities for athletes in the Valley area.
- Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections: Growth factors from the patient’s own blood platelets are used to restore degenerated tissues.
- Amniotic Membrane Stem Cell Injections: Growth factors, hyaluronic acid, and anti-inflammatory agents taken from donor cells in the amniotic sac are used to stimulate growth and healing.
In addition to these non-surgical therapies, the surgeons at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute offer arthroscopic and reconstructive shoulder replacement surgery (as well as reverse total shoulder replacement surgery). Surgical repair of tendons and ligaments is also available. Learn more.
Schedule Your Sports Med Appointment in Phoenix, Mesa or Tempe
Don’t let shoulder pain keep you from doing the activities you love. Schedule an appointment with a sports medicine physician in Phoenix, Mesa, or Tempe through Hedley Orthopaedic Institute. Your sports medicine physician can go over the surgical and non-surgical treatment options available to you.Contact a location near you to schedule your appointment.