Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is an extraordinary joint, allowing up to 180-degrees of motion in 3 different planes. But, the more that it can do, the more that can go wrong! Boston Orthopaedic & Spine physicians have the expertise and experience to provide comprehensive care of the shoulder including nonsurgical treatments, arthroscopic, and open surgeries.

Common Shoulder Conditions

Since your shoulder is such a complex joint, there are many conditions that can cause pain and limit function. Some of the most common conditions include:

    • Bursitis
    • Arthritis
    • Rotator cuff tear
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Instability
  • Dislocation
  • Labral tear
  • SLAP tear
  • Fractures

Whether you have had pain for years, or the symptoms recently started to affect your life, we are here to help.


Most patients do not need surgery to manage their shoulder pain. At Boston Orthopaedic & Spine, we find that most shoulder pain is successfully managed with conservative measures such as rest, anti-inflammatory medications, ice/heat, stretching, injections, and physical therapy.

When nonsurgical options fail to relieve pain and restore function, our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons are highly skilled with arthroscopic and open procedures.

  • Shoulder arthroscopy – During arthroscopy, the surgeon with use small portals to insert a camera and instruments into your shoulder. This minimally invasive approach allows for faster healing and a more rapid recovery.
  • Shoulder arthroplasty – Arthroplasty, or replacement, is reserved for advanced arthritis of the shoulder after failing conservative treatment. Our team of experts has performed hundreds of total and reverse total shoulder replacements to restore patients to activity.