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Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine located in Madison & Stoughton, WI

The inability to perform daily activities due to shoulder pain can be debilitating. At OrthoTeam Clinic Shoulder Center in Madison & Stoughton, Wisconsin. Dr. Rawal identifies the cause of your shoulder pain and personalizes a treatment to bring you relief. To restore comfort, strength, and mobility to your shoulder, call the office or reserve an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q&A

What causes shoulder pain?

The ball-and-socket joint of your shoulder relies on a series of tendons and muscles to allow you to do everything from raising your arm above your head to rotating your arm to scratching your back. When an issue arises with any of the components that make up your shoulder, it can result in shoulder pain. 

Some of the leading causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Tendon tears (rotator cuff tears)
  • Impingement
  • Inflammation in the tendons
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Dislocations

Many of these shoulder problems stem from overuse. If you experience discomfort in your shoulder, reserve an appointment with Dr. Rawal right away. Early care generally requires less invasive treatments with faster, better results. 

How is shoulder pain treated?

The way shoulder pain is treated depends on the cause of the pain. Evaluation begins with careful history and thorough examination of the shoulder. In addition, Dr. Rawal uses diagnostic tools like X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to determine the root cause of your discomfort. He then personalizes treatment for you. 

For minor shoulder problems, Dr. Rawal may recommend:

  • Rest
  • Icing the area
  • Injection-based treatment
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication 

What are my surgical options for treating shoulder pain?

At Wisconsin Shoulder Center, Dr. Rawal offers the latest shoulder surgery options, including:

Shoulder arthroscopy

If you need shoulder surgery, Dr. Rawal can perform certain procedures arthroscopically. During this minimally invasive type of surgery, he creates a small incision through which he feeds the arthroscope — a thin, flexible tool with an attached camera — to perform your procedure. He can perform the following shoulder surgeries arthroscopically:

  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Surgery for shoulder instability
  • Surgery for shoulder impingement
  • Superior capsular reconstruction

When you choose an arthroscopic procedure instead of open surgery, you get less downtime and a reduced risk of complications.

Shoulder arthroplasty

If your shoulder requires arthroplasty (replacement), Dr. Rawal and his team explore your options with you. They offer the latest shoulder replacement techniques — like stemless total shoulder replacement and reverse total shoulder replacement — and discuss those techniques with you, helping you choose the right procedure for your shoulder and your post-operative goals. 

To learn more about your options for relieving your shoulder pain, call OrthoTeam Clinic Shoulder Center or reserve your appointment online today. 

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