Common Shoulder Conditions

Your shoulder is an amazing joint that can move forwards, backwards upwards and around in a circle. You rely on your shoulder ever day to do basic things such as pushing, pulling, lifting and throwing. Unfortunately, due to its wide range of movement, the shoulder is also prone to injury and arthritis.

Painful shoulder conditions can limit your movement and impact on your quality of life. Many shoulder conditions can be treated without surgery. Techniques such as movement modification, Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and physiotherapy are typically recommended in the first instance.

If conservative treatments do not relieve your shoulder pain, surgery may be an option. As leading shoulder surgeons in Nowra, the Southcoast Orthopaedic team specialise in treating a range of shoulder dysfunctions, including:
  • Rotator cuff disorders
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Shoulder instability
  • Ligament tears
  • Osteoarthritis

What causes shoulder pain?

There are a number of things that cause shoulder pain. Most commonly, shoulder pain is a result of an injury or a medical condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing ongoing shoulder pain, a reduced range of motion, fever and redness and swelling around the joint.

Do you need to see a shoulder surgeon?

If you are experiencing shoulder pain, consult your GP. In the first instance, non-surgical treatments will be explored.

If your shoulder pain has not responded to non-surgical treatments you may need to see a specialist South Coast Orthopaedic shoulder surgeon. Most shoulder surgery involves the repair of muscles, tissues, and connective joints. Many shoulder surgeries are now able to be performed via arthroscopy, which is a minimally invasive medical procedure, usually conducted as day surgery. Other procedures might require you to stay for a few nights in hospital. Surgery for most shoulder conditions also requires a period of shoulder rehabilitation. This is usually done with a physiotherapist, under recommendation from your surgeon.

If your shoulder condition is causing you pain, and non-surgical treatments aren’t working, talk to your doctor about whether a referral to one of our orthopaedic surgeons is right for you.