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Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain

“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 Arthritis:

Shoulder arthritis may be present in 30 percent of patients over age 60 years causing shoulder pain and restricted motion.   Shoulder arthritis may be primary or secondary to trauma, instability, prior surgery, avascular necrosis, rheumatoid and inflammatory arthritis, and massive rotator cuff tears.

Shoulder Instability:

The shoulder joint exhibits a high degree of mobility that allows a wide range of motion of the arm to perform day to day activities.  Some patients may experience the shoulder slipping out of the socket either partially (subluxation) or completely out of the socket (dislocation).  The most common cause of shoulder instability is trauma resulting in complete dislocation and tearing of the ligaments, labrum, and/or muscles that stabilize the shoulder.  Other causes of shoulder instability may be secondary to repetitive strain or in some cases due to naturally loose ligaments and hyperlaxity (multidirectional instability).


A careful history of your symptoms will be noted in addition to a physical examination, x rays, and MRI or CT scans will be reviewed by your physician.  Often patients feel like their shoulder gives out and loose or feel like their shoulder slips in and out of the socket.  Depending on the findings treatment recommendations will be made with non operative treatment options at first and surgical treatment options presented in those patients who do not demonstrate resolution of their instability and pain symptoms.


Most often a physical therapy program focused on strengthening the shoulder muscles is implemented to help with shoulder stability.   Surgical treatment options include arthroscopic stabilization procedures or open surgical procedures depending on the patient examination.  After surgery a strict rehabilitation protocol will be developed to allow the ligaments to heal followed by strengthening the shoulder.

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