Diagnosis

Shoulder pain or instability?

Shoulder pain is a common problem, and there can be many causes. A full diagnosis of your symptoms will help address the underlying problem. If non-surgical methods do not solve your problem, Dr. Cascio is able to treat rotator cuff tendinitis to rotator cuff tears to dislocated shoulders to torn shoulder labrums with minimally invasive techiniques, usually through two to four small incisions. He also replaces worn out shoulder joints. Some common causes of shoulder pain include:

Rotator Cuff Tears
SLAP tears and shoulder instability
Shoulder arthritis
Shoulder fractures
Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis

Treatments

What treatments are available for shoulder pain?

Rotator Cuff Repair

Dr. Cascio performs arthroscopic repairs of rotator cuff tears. This means he repairs rotator cuff tears through three small holes rather than one larger incision. (Click here) to see a video of a rotator cuff repair.

SLAP tears and shoulder instability

Dr. Cascio repairs shoulder labrum tears and restores shoulder stability with arthroscopic techniques. (Click here) to see a video of a SLAP repair.

Shoulder arthritis

Dr. Cascio performs total shoulder replacements and Reverse shoulder replacements to treat painful shoulder arthritis.

Shoulder fractures

Dr. Cascio uses nonoperative methods as well as plates and screws and shoulder replacements to restore motion and relieve pain.

Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis

Dr. Cascio uses multiple operative and non-operative methods to help restore motion and relieve pain in patients suffering from this difficult problem.

All treatment for “shoulder pain” depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Remember, shoulder pain can come from many different sources. Dr. Cascio will work with you to perform the necessary exams and tests to diagnose the source of your shoulder pain and then provide you with your options. The goal is to relieve your pain and improve your function as quickly and painlessly as possible. Dr. Cascio will usually offer you non-surgical treatments first, including injections and physical therapy. If you are unsure of your diagnosis, or the severity of your condition, you should seek medical advice before beginning any treatment plan.

Some common non-surgical treatments for shoulder pain are listed here. Not all of these treatments are appropriate for every condition, but they may be helpful in your situation.

Rest
Ice and Heat Application
Stretching
Physical Therapy
Anti-Inflammatory Medication
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(AAOS “The Shoulder”)

The official web site for the The American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons(AAOS) offers comprehensive information on patient education, patient care, and research.

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