The shoulder joint can be described as similar to a golf ball (the top of the arm bone) sitting on a tee (a shallow depression in the scapula or shoulder blade), from which it can easily fall off. Therefore, it is inherently unstable, yet is one of the most mobile joints in the body, which makes it a common site of injury. The necessary stability and mobility are provided by the rotator cuff, a group of ligaments, tendons, and muscles that surround the joint and anchor the bones in the socket. All of these can also become injured, causing serious shoulder pain.
At Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida (OSSWF), our Fort Myers orthopedic surgeons prioritize noninvasive treatments over surgery. We explore the more conservative options, such as physical therapy and rehabilitation, to achieve pain relief. This will often be enough to achieve the desired results. However, everyone is different and treatment depends on the patient’s age, level of activity, general health and the type of injury or problem. Whether you need surgery or not, we’ll work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that works specifically for you.
If you're ready to explore your treatment options with the top orthopedic surgeons Fort Myers has to offer, request an appointment online with Orthopedic Specialists of SWFL today. We look forward to meeting you soon!
Shoulder pain may be experienced in the areas around the shoulder or down the arm. Shoulder pain is commonly the result of age-related degeneration, arthritis, trauma, repetitive sports activities, overuse or increasing problems with instability, limits on range of motion, and impingement of soft tissue or bone.
Common shoulder problems we treat at OSSWF include:
If you're experiencing shoulder pain, the first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists. We will conduct a thorough examination and review your medical history in order to make an accurate diagnosis. From there, we will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets your specific needs.
Surgery is reserved for advanced and severe cases of shoulder pain when conservative measures fail to provide improvements.
Shoulder pain can be referred from the heart, gallbladder or diaphragm. If you have shoulder pain coupled with difficulty breathing or tightness in your chest, seek immediate medical attention.
Call OSSWF when you have:
Yes! At OSSWF, we want premium orthopedic care to be available to as many patients as possible. That’s why we’re proud to accept insurance from a variety of providers across the Southwest Florida region. Visit our Insurance page to learn more about our providers, and feel free to reach out to our friendly and compassionate staff with any questions.
If you or a loved one suffers from an injury, trauma or degenerative disease that affects the function of their shoulder, call the well-respected and specialized orthopedic surgeons in SW Florida.
OSSWF makes it easy to get started on your road to a complete recovery. Just use our online scheduling tool to request your first consultation with us. We can’t wait to get started.