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Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of different issues, ranging from inflammation and instability to arthritis and fractures. Learn more about types of pain, their causes, symptoms and treatments.


Shoulder pain can often signify something more severe than everyday muscle fatigue. It can result from inflammation, instability, arthritis, or a fracture. The most common symptom is joint pain and stiffness that worsen over time. Additional symptoms may include:

Early detection is key for the best outcome for any type of shoulder injury or condition. When dealing with shoulder discomfort or injury, Victoria Orthopedic Center can help.

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Shoulder Anatomy

The shoulder joint is composed of three bones – the humerus, clavicle, and scapula – connected by a complex system of muscles, ligaments, and tendons that enable an impressive range of motion such as flexion, extension, abduction, rotation, and circumduction.


The complex shoulder components and their interactions allow the shoulder to perform a wide array of motions such as abduction and rotation – making it perhaps the most complex joint in our body.



Rotator Cuff Bursitis

Rotator cuff bursitis is an inflammation of the small sac of fluid located between the rotator cuff tendons and the shoulder bones, which may cause pain, tenderness, and a restricted range of motion in the shoulder joint.


Rotator Cuff Bursitis surgery aims to create more space for the rotator cuff and the inflamed tissue. The surgical treatment can be done openly or arthoscropedly. After surgery, doctors recommend an arm sling and physical therapy to ensure proper healing. Patients who undergo rotator cuff treatments notice improvement in shoulder motion and comfort.



Rotator Cuff Tear

A Rotator Cuff Tear is a common shoulder injury caused by repetitive overhead activities and can result in pain, loss of movement and strength, reduced range of motion, and decreased quality of life.


Rotator Cuff repair can be performed with minimally invasive or open surgery methods. With tailored care plans from a medical professional, even severe cases of rotator cuff bursitis can be treated appropriately and healed over time. Patients who undergo rotator cuff treatments notice improvement in shoulder motion and comfort.



Shoulder Arthroscopy

Shoulder Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that involves the use of an arthroscope, small incisions, and specialized instruments to perform diagnostic tests, repair damaged tissue, and repair or reconstruct torn tendons, ligaments and other related structures in the shoulder joint.


It’s important to note that not all shoulder-related issues resolve with conservative treatments like rest or medication; when those interventions are not successful, your doctor may recommend surgery. During an arthroscopy, your doctor will use small incisions and specialized instruments to inspect and repair tissue in the shoulder joint.



SLAP Repair

SLAP Repair is a specialized form of orthopedic surgery that uses minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to diagnose, evaluate and repair torn or damaged labrum tissue in the shoulder joint, restoring stability, range of motion and strength to the affected area.


SLAP repair is a common orthopedic surgery for restoring stability and strength to the shoulder joint, specifically for those suffering from torn or damaged labrum tissue. A doctor’s diagnosis through imaging or physical examination will determine treatment options. Conservative treatment methods include medications to reduce pain and swelling, and physical therapy. If those treatments are unsuccessful, surgical intervention becomes necessary.



Arthroscopic Bankart Repair

Arthroscopic Bankart Repair is a minimally-invasive procedure that involves inserting an arthroscope into the shoulder joint to repair damaged tissue, reconstruct the labrum, and stabilize the shoulder joint by reattaching the labrum to the socket of the shoulder blade (glenoid), allowing for improved range of motion.


With minimal disruption to surrounding tissue, arthroscopic Bankart repair can be a successful orthopedic procedure for stabilizing a shoulder that has been affected by instability and related pain. This will eventually result in an improved range of motion for patients who suffer from shoulder instability after surgery.