Answers to Common Shoulder Pain Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about shoulder pain.

What are the surgical treatment options for shoulder pain?

Most shoulder pain can be relieved non-invasively, but for those that need further treatment, they are often resolved with arthroscopic procedures, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS). The AAOS states that with arthroscopic surgery, a physician may remove scar tissue or repair damaged, worn, or injured tissue.

Arthroscopy is done using an instrument called an arthroscope that is equipped with a tiny camera, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). The NIH states that the surgeon inserts the arthroscope through a small incision and is able to operate with precision. Recovery time and pain following surgery is less than that which is experienced with more invasive procedures, according to the NIH.

Talk to your doctor to learn more about surgical treatment of shoulder pain.

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Source: Michael Herbenick, MD, Premier Orthopedics; Mark Zunkiewicz, MD, Premier Orthopedics

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