Pain and Discomfort in Your Shoulder

The shoulder is a complex joint, with three bones surrounded by muscles and connective tissue. When something goes wrong with your shoulder, it can severely impact your quality of life. Pain and stiffness can hinder your ability to sleep or perform daily tasks.

Causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Broken bone
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Overuse or repetitive use
  • Pinched nerve
  • Tendonitis
  • Torn rotator cuff

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Outlook

Finding the cause of your shoulder pain, will include a complete medical history and thorough physical exam. Other tests may include:

  • X-rays
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • MRI scan

With a proper diagnosis, the experts at Penn State Health will work with you to develop a treatment plan so you can regain full function of your shoulder, without pain. Treatments may include medication, physical therapy or surgery.

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Why Choose Penn State Health for Care

Top-Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Penn State Health includes the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, ranked as one of the best orthopaedic providers in the country by U.S. News & World Report. This honor was earned because our doctors consistently deliver exceptional patient care and outcomes through advanced treatments, translational research and provider training.

Experts in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

The shoulder and elbow specialists at Penn State Health are board-certified orthopaedic surgeons and are fellowship trained in shoulder and elbow surgery. Their expertise includes arthroscopic surgery, treatment of sports injuries, total joint replacement and fractures. They hold a unique position in central Pennsylvania because of their ability to combine extensive clinical and surgical experience with current research. This means that they can offer the best solution for your shoulder or elbow problem.

Advancing Orthopedic Medicine Through Research

The doctors and researchers in our Center for Orthopaedic Research and Translational Science at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center are committed to advancing our field through scientific discovery and education. As the only academic medical center in central Pennsylvania, Hershey Medical Center is a national leader in research, in partnership with Penn State College of Medicine, and on the leading edge of new treatment options, including clinical trials.

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