Shoulder Pain - Diagnostics & Treatment Options
As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Joseph L. Finstein often sees patients who come in and say, “my shoulder hurts.” They’re often unsure of the cause, or have misdiagnosed themselves.
Either way, this begins a conversation which can lead to a number of different diagnoses, treatment plans and recovery paths. Every issue is different, and every patient is unique. Whatever you do, Dr. Finstein adds, address shoulder pain as early as possible.
Step One - Get an Evaluation for Shoulder Pain
"My advice is always to be seen early by a medical professional. Often, if we catch it early, these issues can be more easily treated."
- Joseph L. Finstein, MD
Step Two - The Diagnostic Process
“If someone has a dislocated shoulder, then we’ll have to do a manipulation to get the shoulder back in. If they have a displaced, fractured shoulder then we would have to fix the fracture. If it’s a rotator-cuff tear, then we’d proceed immediately to surgery – unless it’s a partial tear, then they should proceed with non-operative treatments.
With frozen shoulder (or adhesive capsulitis), we try to avoid surgery if we can. That’s where the injections can be very helpful. Anti-inflammatories can also be very helpful – and therapy can certainly help, as well. If patients are plateauing, or otherwise not making progress and having significant shoulder pain after trying all of the other alternatives, then surgery is a good option. It’s all pathologically dependent.”
Waiting Can Be a Mistake with Shoulder Pain
About the Doctor
Joseph L. Finstein, MD specializes in sports medicine, focusing on shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, foot, and ankle injuries. Dr. Finstein completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University He is currently the team physician at De La Salle High School. Prior to joining Pontchartrain Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Dr. Finstein assisted in the care of athletes from the Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, Soul and St. Joseph’s University.
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