Bay Oaks Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Anthony S. Melillo, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX
As your most mobile joint, your shoulder is quite vulnerable to injury and pain. Fortunately, there are now a range of noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments for chronic shoulder pain and injuries. At Bay Oaks Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, orthopaedic surgeon Anthony S. Melillo, MD, offers expert care for every kind of shoulder problem, including rotator cuff repair, shoulder dislocation, labral tears, and more. Call the Houston, Texas, office or click on the online scheduling tool now.
Shoulder Pain Q & A
What causes shoulder pain?
There are a number of reasons for shoulder pain. In many cases, shoulder pain starts with a sports injury or a workplace accident. Some shoulder pain develops gradually over time, from constant wear-and-tear at work or home.
Among the most common shoulder conditions and injuries that Dr. Melillo treats at Bay Oaks Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine are:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shoulder dislocations
- Labral tears
- Bone spurs
- Clavicle fractures
- Frozen shoulder
Some of the less common reasons for shoulder pain include tissue or bone infections, tumors, and nerve malfunction or damage.
When do I need help for shoulder pain?
If your shoulder pain interrupts your work, social activities, or home life, it's time to speak to Dr. Melillo about treatment options. Many shoulder pain sufferers assume they're stuck with the pain, so they try to compensate for it by favoring their painful shoulder.
But, that's just not a long-term answer. If you can't use your shoulder, you can't do a number of ordinary activities like getting dressed, combing your hair, and putting dishes away.
At Bay Oaks Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Dr. Melillo can diagnose the reason for your shoulder pain and then start your pain relief plan right away.
How do you diagnose the cause of shoulder pain?
At Bay Oaks Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Dr. Melillo talks about your shoulder pain and related symptoms like stiffness and range-of-motion issues. He performs a hands-on exam and might ask you to raise your arm or make other movements to observe shoulder movement.
Imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs, are frequently part of the initial shoulder pain diagnosis.
Dr. Melillo might also recommend arthroscopy, a small-incision surgical procedure in which he views the inside part of your shoulder joint through a tiny camera to make an accurate diagnosis.
How is shoulder pain treated?
Dr. Melillo often performs arthroscopic treatment for shoulder pain. Arthroscopic treatment is both a diagnostic and treatment procedure.
After Dr. Melillo identifies the problem area within your shoulder, he can make additional tiny incisions and insert surgical instruments to repair the damage. Dr. Melillo can perform many different surgical repairs during arthroscopy, including:
- Removing loose cartilage
- Removing damaged tissue
- Reattaching tendons
- Repairing ligaments
- Removing bone spurs
- Repairing damaged cartilage
If your shoulder problem isn’t repairable with arthroscopic treatment, you may need a shoulder joint replacement. This restores the worn-down parts of your shoulder joint with metal and plastic that function smoothly.
Shoulder pain relief is within your reach. Call Bay Oaks Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine or click the online appointment maker for help now.