Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain, either from injury or wear and tear, can make it difficult to do daily tasks such as getting dressed or brushing your hair. If you want relief from shoulder pain, turn to the experts at Allegheny Health Network (AHN).

Our orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians treat local athletes at every level, including professional baseball players. We deliver the same level of care to active people from all over western Pennsylvania.

Shoulder pain care at AHN: Why choose us?

At AHN, you receive expert care every step of the way. We are home to some of the country’s leading specialists in orthopaedic shoulder care. Our entire team, including physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers, works together to help you get the relief you need. Meet our orthopaedic and sports medicine team.

Our complete approach to care includes helping you make a smooth transition back to your favorite activities. If you’re an athlete, our arm care program helps you get stronger as you heal and lowers your risk of future injuries. Find out more about sports performance services.

Shoulder conditions we treat

Many conditions can cause shoulder pain. And we deliver exceptional care for each one, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Connective tissue problems, including impingement syndrome
  • Orthopaedic trauma, such as broken bones (fractures)
  • Rotator cuff conditions, including bursitis, which happens when connective tissue in the shoulder becomes swollen
  • Shoulder dislocation

Treatments for shoulder pain

We offer a broad range of care options, including surgical and nonsurgical treatments. The treatments that are most effective for you depend on the diagnosis. We explain all of your options and together, make a plan to help you get relief.

Your care may include:

  • Bracing: Wearing a device (brace) limits movement so you can rest your shoulder, reducing the swelling and promoting healing.
  • Medication: Medications may relieve pain and reduce inflammation. For some people, an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen provides relief. If the pain is severe, we may recommend prescription medication.
  • Injections: Injecting medications directly into the injured area may bring relief if other medications fail to stop the pain. Find out more about injections.
  • Physical therapy: We guide you through exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your shoulder. We also show you how to gently stretch the area to relieve stiffness. Learn more about physical therapy.
  • Surgery: If other treatments are not successful, surgery may be the most effective solution. Your treatment may include repairing torn or damaged tissue. If the problem is arthritis, you may need shoulder replacement surgery. Read more about orthopaedic surgery.

Contact us

Call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 or request an appointment to learn more about AHN Orthopaedic services.