Shoulder Pain

Restore Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Ariana DeMers, D.O.

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Sonora, CA

Shoulder pain is your body’s way of letting you know this complex joint needs attention. Expert orthopedic surgeon Ariana DeMers, DO, identifies and treats the root causes of many types of shoulder pain at Restore Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Sonora, California. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

Why does my shoulder hurt?

Shoulders take a lot of stress from work, play, and everyday activities, like scratching your back. As the most flexible joint in your body, the shoulder is prone to a variety of injuries and damage from overuse. Common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Tendon tears
  • Labrum tears
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Shoulder instability
  • Bone fractures

Many of these conditions develop slowly over time, but you can also damage your shoulder from an acute injury. The best way to discover the source of your shoulder pain is to schedule an appointment with Dr. DeMers.

What other symptoms indicate a shoulder injury?

Shoulder pain symptoms vary depending on the underlying cause. Pain may be dull and throbbing or sharp and sudden. You may feel pain throughout the day, or only during certain activities, like reaching overhead. In addition to pain, other symptoms of a shoulder injury include:

  • Weakness in your arm or shoulder
  • A catching sensation in your shoulder
  • Difficulty lifting or rotating your arm

Shoulder injuries can worsen without treatment. It’s important to call Restore Orthopedics & Sports Medicine if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.

How do you diagnose and treat shoulder pain?

With specialized training in sports medicine, Dr. DeMers focuses on therapy to retrain your shoulder to function properly.

To diagnose your specific condition, Dr. DeMers performs a thorough physical exam and reviews your symptoms. She may also take an imaging test, such as an MRI, to evaluate the structures of your shoulder.

Then, she develops a personalized treatment plan to relieve your pain and restore shoulder mobility. She begins with the most conservative treatment, such as joint injections to relieve pain and promote healing.

Dr. DeMers offers Regenexx® therapeutic injections of stem cells and platelet-rich plasma. These injections use your body’s own healing properties to relieve pain and stimulate tissue rejuvenation naturally.

If your condition is severe or doesn’t improve with treatment, Dr. DeMers may recommend surgery to repair your shoulder. She has advanced training in minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgical procedures.

Shoulder pain isn’t normal and should be treated as soon as possible. To find relief, call Restore Orthopedics & Sports Medicine or book an appointment online.