Shoulder Pain Specialist

David Shaskey, MD -  - Rheumatologist

Millcreek Rheumatology

David Shaskey, MD

Rheumatologist located in Salt Lake City, UT

Shoulder pain is a common problem that often recurs, because the joint supports such extensive movement. It’s estimated that 40-50% of people struggle with ongoing shoulder pain for a year or longer. As a physician who specializes in sports medicine and joint care, David Shaskey, MD, at Millcreek Rheumatology works closely with each patient, helping them find relief from the pain while rebuilding a strong joint. To get exceptional care for shoulder pain, call the office in Salt Lake City, Utah, or book an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q&A

What causes shoulder pain?

Your shoulder is the most mobile joint in your body and supports your arm’s tremendous range of motion. This extensive mobility is supported by a group of muscles called the rotator cuff.

The rotator cuff has the challenging job of allowing arm movement while also holding your arm in the joint. As a result, these muscles, or more often their tendons, are vulnerable to injuries.

The conditions that often lead to shoulder pain include:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Joint dislocation
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Biceps tendonitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Labral tears
  • Fractures

Though anyone can develop shoulder pain, your risk is higher if you participate in activities that require overhead movement. Pitching, weight lifting, and painting are three activities that can lead to shoulder problems.

What symptoms occur along with shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is usually accompanied by symptoms such as:

  • Arm and/or shoulder weakness
  • Difficulty lifting your arm
  • Shoulder instability
  • Muscle spasms
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Clicking in the joint
  • Limited range of motion

If you have a frozen shoulder, your pain gradually worsens and shoulder movement progressively slows down until you lose all motion. Regaining normal movement typically takes six months to two years.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Dr. Shaskey diagnoses the cause of your shoulder pain by reviewing your medical history and symptoms, performing a physical exam, and ordering diagnostic imaging as needed. 

He treats most shoulder conditions with conservative therapies such as:

  • Ice and heat
  • Activity modification
  • Shoulder immobilization
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Joint injections (steroids)
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation

A few shoulder conditions may need surgery to properly repair the tissues, restore optimal strength, and prevent chronic joint instability. Dislocations, fractures, and torn tendons or ligaments are examples of problems that may need surgery.

The best treatment for shoulder pain depends on the severity of the problem, where the problem is located in the shoulder joint, and your activity goals. If you want to return to a job or sport that demands a strong shoulder, you may need more intensive treatment.

If you struggle with shoulder pain or limited arm movement, call Millcreek Rheumatology or book an appointment online today.