Shoulder Strain


Shoulder strains are very common conditions in which the area surrounding the shoulder tendons becomes irritated. Many cases develop suddenly after increasing activity; others develop slowly over time as a result of degenerative changes around the shoulder. Most patients describe a sharp pain in the upper/outer arm when lifting the arm overhead or trying to put on a jacket. Strength and motion are preserved, but painful. Initial treatment includes activity modification, anti-inflammatory medication and corticosteroid injection. Physical therapy is often helpful if the condition persists. In refractory cases, an MRI may show pathology that is amenable to surgical treatment.


LA Orthopaedic Specialists
1414 South Grand Avenue, Suite 210

Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213-455-8448
Fax: 213-745-8922

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