Shoulder Pain Specialist

Gardner Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Ft. Myers, FL

Something as seemingly simple as brushing your hair, grabbing something from overhead, or moving your arms behind your back can seem impossible when you have shoulder pain. Shoulder pain can come on gradually or abruptly and ranges from mild to excruciating. For the doctors at Gardner Orthopedics in Fort Myers, Florida, better healthcare is their mission and they will work to quickly and accurately diagnose your shoulder pain. Call or schedule an appointment online with Gardner today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain can come from irritation or injury to the shoulder joint, or from any of the surrounding tendons, ligaments, or muscles. It’s often brought on from overuse, strain, accidents, or sports injuries.

Additionally, many diseases and conditions can cause shoulder pain, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Broken Collarbone
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Sprains
  • Tendon rupture

How is shoulder pain treated?

If the shoulder pain is mild, it can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Avoid using your shoulder in ways that cause additional pain or worsen the pain. Applying an ice pack to the painful area every 15-20 minutes can also relieve your shoulder pain.

If your shoulder pain isn’t mild, come see the highly respected doctors at Gardner to take a look at your treatment options. These could involve anything from the use of a shoulder brace, compression device, or wrap, all the way to surgical options. Whatever the cause of your shoulder pain, Gardner Orthopedics works with you to find relief.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

At Gardner Orthopedics, shoulder pain is diagnosed with a thorough medical history, physical examination, and tests — such as range-of-motion and flexibility tests. Your doctor may order an X-Ray, MRI, CT Scan, EMG, arthroscopy, or arthrogram to properly identify the cause of your pain, and any other problems with your shoulder.

When should you see a doctor for shoulder pain?

Make an appointment with Gardner Orthopedics if your shoulder pain is severe, or is accompanied by:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness or warmth around the joint

If your shoulder pain is caused by an injury and you have any of the following symptoms, make an urgent care same-day appointment at Gardner Orthopedics to be treated:

  • Intense pain
  • Sudden swelling
  • Inability to move the joint
  • Inability to move your arm away from your body
  • A joint that looks deformed

If your shoulder pain is accompanied by difficulty breathing or tightness in the chest, this may be a symptom of a heart attack and you should go to the emergency room immediately.

Don’t let your shoulder pain go untreated. Call or schedule an appointment online with the excellent team at Gardner Orthopedics today.

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