Shoulder Pain Specialist

Orthopedic Specialists

Cori Grantham, MD

Orthopedic Surgery located in Dallas, TX & Addison, TX

Shoulder pain can hinder a vast array of activities, from throwing a pitch to pulling a shirt over your head, but orthopedic surgeon Cori Grantham, MD, can help. Dr. Grantham specializes in treating shoulder and elbow pain at Orthopedic Specialists, with two convenient locations in Dallas and Addison, Texas. If you have shoulder pain that’s persistent or severe, call the nearest office, or book an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q&A

What causes shoulder pain?

As the most moveable joint in your body, the shoulder is vulnerable to many injuries and disorders that cause pain. Dr. Grantham treats many causes of shoulder pain, including:

  • Rotator cuff injuries, including tendinitis and tendon tears
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Chronic shoulder instability
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis of the shoulder
  • Bursitis

Shoulder pain may occur suddenly, as in the case of dislocation or complete rotator cuff tear that results from an acute injury. Other times, the pain develops gradually, like from a degenerative rotator cuff tear that doesn’t completely sever the tendon.

What symptoms occur with shoulder pain?

The symptoms you experience along with shoulder pain depend on the underlying issue, but may include:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Bruising or discoloration
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Noticeable deformity
  • Weakness
  • Inability to move the arm

If your pain and symptoms are severe, or if the shoulder pain doesn’t resolve with home treatments, call Dr. Grantham at Orthopedic Specialists.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

First, Dr. Grantham performs a thorough examination to determine the cause of your shoulder pain. She reviews your medical history and symptoms and asks you to describe the pain, including when it started and whether specific activities make it better or worse.

She may order tests to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. Tests may include:

  • X-ray
  • Nerve function tests
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan

If imaging tests aren’t sufficient, Dr. Grantham may recommend diagnostic shoulder arthroscopy. This minimally invasive surgical procedure uses a small, flexible camera to look inside your joint. If Dr. Grantham detects a problem in your shoulder, she may treat it during the same procedure.

What does shoulder pain treatment entail?

After she diagnoses your condition, Dr. Grantham creates a personalized treatment plan. She takes the most conservative approach possible, which may involve nonsurgical treatments like activity modification and medications to reduce pain and inflammation.

For more complex cases of shoulder pain, Dr. Grantham may recommend regenerative medicine treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections.

When shoulder surgery is necessary, Dr. Grantham uses minimally invasive arthroscopy whenever possible. She also specializes in two approaches to shoulder joint replacement, including standard shoulder replacement and reverse shoulder replacement. You may need a shoulder replacement if you have a severe fracture or arthritis.

For compassionate care of all types of shoulder pain, call Orthopedic Specialists, or book an appointment online today.