About Shoulder Pain

What is it and what are your treatment options?
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What is Shoulder Pain?

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that consists of several interconnected parts. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the upper part of the shoulder blade to the collarbone, or clavicle. The glenohumeral joint connects the shoulder socket, or glenoid, which extends from the shoulder blade, to the arm bone, or humerus. The shoulders flexibility can make it prone to injury.

Common Causes:

  • Shoulder sprain
  • Tendon inflammation (bursitis or tendinitis) or tendon tear
  • Instability
  • Arthritis
  • Fracture (broken bone)

Mild shoulder pain often responds well to home treatments, if the pain persists, it is best to follow up with an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA)team of shoulder specialists.
An Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) Shoulder Specialists will conduct the following to obtain the proper diagnosis to start immediate treatment for a quicker recovery:

  • Obtain a medical history to check for risk factors
  • Perform a physical examination to check for symptoms and test shoulder strength and flexibility
  • Order and analyze x-rays (to rule out a fracture) or MRI

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options are commonly used to treat shoulder pain. A treatment plan usually consists of multiple treatment options:

RICE Method

Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation decreases swelling, inflammation, and pain

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Are taken orally or applied topically to decrease inflammation and pain

Activity Modification

Reduces or stops symptom causing activities

At OPA, our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeons are experts in diagnosing and treating shoulder pain.

If you are experiencing shoulder pain and would like a treatment solution you should contact OPA to schedule an appointment at any of our convenient locations in Anchorage and Eagle River.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.

Anchorage: (907)562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Shoulder Team

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Owen Ala, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Adam Ellison, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Robert Hall, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Christopher Manion, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Jeff Moore, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Eli Powell, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Our Mission

To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.

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