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Shoulder Pain Specialist

Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Tuscaloosa, AL

The parts that make up your shoulder are responsible for its wide range of mobility. But because of its complexity and mobility, your shoulder is vulnerable to injury and pain. Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Bryan King, MD, and his team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute in Northport, Alabama, specialize in diagnosing and managing shoulder pain and can provide the help you need to reduce discomfort and restore function. For a shoulder pain evaluation, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain refers to any discomfort you experience in or around your shoulder. The pain can appear while your shoulder is at rest or only during movement. The type of pain you experience can range from a dull ache to a sharp or burning pain that can radiate down your arm.

What are the common causes of shoulder pain?

Your shoulder is a complex joint made up of many parts. Shoulder pain can arise from an injury or disease that affects any of the parts that make up your shoulder. Common causes of shoulder pain include:

Rotator cuff tears

Your rotator cuff is a thick band of tendons that hold your upper arm bone (humerus) to your shoulder blade (acromion). Rotator cuff tears suggest a tear in the thick tissue, which could be due to an injury or a breakdown of the tissue.


Arthritis is a condition that inflames the joint. Wearing away of the cartilage in between the bones, referred to as osteoarthritis, is the most common type of arthritis.


Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that provide a cushion between the bones and soft tissue in your joints. From overuse or injury, your bursae can become inflamed, leading to bursitis.


Tendinitis refers to an inflammation of the tendons in your shoulder.

Fractures or dislocations

A broken bone or dislocated shoulder joint can also cause shoulder pain.


Impingement occurs when your shoulder blade rubs on the soft tissue when you raise your arm.

Cancer, nerve conditions, and infections can also lead to shoulder pain, although these are less common causes.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Treatment of your shoulder pain depends on what’s causing it. The team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute develops individualized treatment plans for each patient based on their symptoms, the cause of their shoulder pain, and their medical history.

While Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute specializes in orthopedic surgery, treatment of most cases of shoulder pain starts with nonsurgical options like anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, activity modification, and/or shoulder injections.

If surgery is needed, the team creates individualized surgical plans using the most advanced techniques like minimally invasive procedures for your rotator cuff tear or impingement.

When needed to treat severe arthritis, Dr. King, a specialist in joint replacement, performs shoulder replacement surgery.

For the management of your shoulder pain from a kind and compassionate team, call Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute or book online today.