Shoulder Pain Specialist

Omar Khatib, MD -  - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

NJOSM Clinic

Omar Khatib, MD

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine located in Clifton, NJ

Shoulder pain is a common problem that affects 18-26% of the adult population at any given time. Though common, without early diagnosis and treatment, shoulder pain may get worse, preventing you from exercise, work, or other activities. At NJOSM Clinic in Clifton, New Jersey, orthopedic surgeon Omar Khatib, MD, treats shoulder pain in people of all ages. To schedule an appointment, book online, or call the office today.

Shoulder Pain Q&A

What is shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain refers to any sensitivity, swelling, or discomfort that affects your shoulder joint. Your shoulders are some of the most hard-working and flexible joints, but they’re susceptible to injury. This is especially true if you work a physically demanding job that requires lifting, reaching, or other repetitive motions or are active in sports.

Most cases of shoulder pain resolve on their own with rest and conservative at-home measures. If your pain persists for longer than a week or gets worse, don’t wait to make an appointment at NJOSM Clinic.

What are some common causes of shoulder pain?

If you regularly experience shoulder pain, it’s likely due to rotator cuff tendinitis. Tendinitis causes the tendons surrounding your shoulder to become irritated and inflamed. This limits your range of motion, resulting in stiffness and discomfort.

Other common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Torn cartilage
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Pinched nerve
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Bursitis
  • Bone spurs

You might also experience shoulder pain if you fracture your shoulder or arm.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

To diagnose shoulder pain, Dr. Khatib reviews your medical history and asks about your lifestyle. He also asks you specific questions about your symptoms, including:

  • If the pain is in one shoulder or both
  • If your pain is sharp or a dull ache
  • If your shoulder hurts during rest
  • If pain is radiating to other parts of your body

Afterward, he physically examines your shoulder joint. Dr. Khatib gently presses on it to pinpoint areas of swelling, warmth, or tenderness. He then asks you to perform a series of strength and range-of-motion exercises. 

If these steps don’t provide enough information to diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain, Dr. Khatib orders X-rays or an MRI to get a closer look at the joints, bones, and soft tissues in your shoulder.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Treatment for shoulder pain depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. Typically, Dr. Khatib recommends conservative measures of care like rest, ice, and taking over-the-counter pain medication. If your pain persists or gets worse, Dr. Khatib might recommend physical therapy or corticosteroid injections.

If you have a severe case of shoulder pain, surgical intervention might be necessary. There are several types of surgeries used to address shoulder-related problems, including rotator cuff surgery, shoulder replacement, and reverse shoulder replacement.

Is there any way to prevent shoulder pain?

There’s no way to prevent shoulder pain completely, but there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk. Dr. Khatib recommends stretching and strengthening your shoulder muscles and rotator cuff tendons and performing simple range-of-motion exercises each day.

If you have a history of shoulder-related injuries, you might also want to ice your shoulder for about 15 minutes after working out.

To learn more about treatment for shoulder pain, schedule an appointment at NJOSM Clinic. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.