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Shoulder Pain

Orthopedic Institute of Santa Barbara -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedic Institute of Santa Barbara

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine located in Santa Barbara, CA & Solvang, CA

If you’re experiencing severe or persistent pain and stiffness in your shoulders, your symptoms could be caused by a number of underlying conditions. At the Orthopedic Institute of Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California, William R. Gallivan, MD, and his team provide high-quality orthopedic care, helping patients address the underlying cause of their shoulder pain. To speak with Dr. Gallivan about your condition, book your visit by phone or online today.

Shoulder Pain

What causes shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain may be caused by injury and/or chronic medical conditions. The most common cause of shoulder pain is a rotator cuff injury, including a partial tear or full tear of the rotator cuff. Although rotator cuff tears may acutely onset due to a trauma, they often gradually develop due to repetitive use of the shoulder.  

Other common causes of shoulder pain include the following:

  • Shoulder Osteoarthritis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Fractures
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Bursitis

How is shoulder pain treated?

X-ray images of your shoulder may be ordered and reviewed by Dr. Gallivan in order to try to diagnosis your shoulder pain. Additionally, Dr. Gallivan may order an MRI to further evaluate the shoulder and

There are nonoperative treatment options and surgical treatment options for shoulder conditions.

Nonoperative treatment options include the following:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Home Exercise Program
  • Bracing/Immobilization
  • Prescription and Nonprescription Medication
  • PRP Injection
  • Stem Cell Injection
  • Cortisone Injection

Surgical treatment options may include the following:

  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)

Please call Orthopedic Institute of Santa Barbara to book an appointment with board-certified orthopedic surgeon, William Gallivan, MD.