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Houston Orthopedic Doctors

Relief for Chronic Shoulder Pain or Injury

Our shoulder specialists can help you get back to doing what you love to do.

We treat all types of shoulder conditions, from acute injuries such as sprains to long-term degenerative issues.​

​The shoulder is a ball and socket joint held together by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Shoulders are one of the most flexible joints in your body, allowing you to raise and rotate your arms in multiple directions. That same flexibility is what makes your shoulder more susceptible to injury than other joints. Years of use and strain can leave some with conditions such as stiffness, loss of motion and even arthritis. Young athletes can suffer from shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff tears, impingemen​ts, dislocations and separations.

Kelsey-Seybold shoulder specialists treat all types of shoulder conditions, from acute injuries such as sprains to long-term degenerative issues. Our treatments and procedures are designed to help restore your shoulder health and stability.

Shoulder Conditions We Treat

Listed below are some common shoulder conditions treated by our orthopedic specialists:

Bursitis – Shoulder bursitis is inflammation of bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that reduce friction between moving parts in your joints. It is commonly linked to repetitive motions frequently associated with swimming or weight lifting. Learn more about bursitis.

Rotator cuff injuries – Rotator cuff injuries occur most often in people who repeatedly perform overhead motions in their jobs or sports. Painters, carpenters or individuals who play baseball or tennis may have a dull ache in their shoulder, which can worsen over time. Learn more about rotator cuff injuries.

Dislocations – A dislocated shoulder is an injury in which your upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket that’s part of your shoulder blade. Symptoms and signs may include a visibly deformed or out-of-place shoulder, swelling or bruising, intense pain and inability to move the joint. Learn more about dislocated shoulders.

Pains, sprains and fractures – Sprains and fractures typically occur after a fall or sudden movement. Chronic overuse of muscles or joints can also cause sprains and fractures. Symptoms may include limited range of motion of the shoulder, stiffness, swelling and bruising of the joint or sharp pain at the site of the injury. Learn more about shoulder pain.

Osteoarthritis/rheumatoid arthritis – These degenerative conditions can inflame and damage the shoulder joint and tissues. Symptoms may include stiffness or pain. Learn more about osteoarthritis.

Frozen shoulder – Frozen shoulder is a condition that limits shoulder movement and may follow an injury. It’s usually caused by inflammation and symptoms may include stiffness, pain and decreased motion of the shoulder. Learn more about frozen shoulder.

Diagnosing Shoulder Conditions

At Kelsey-Seybold, our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine physicians will assess your shoulder condition through a physical evaluation to assess your shoulder’s range of motion, strength and stability, as well as swelling or deformity. Finding possible causes of pain begins with a close examination of your shoulder through: 

  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound   
  • CT Scan
  • Imaging 

Treating Shoulder Injuries and Conditions

Treating shoulder pain depends on the cause and the severity. In many cases, your Kelsey-Seybold Orthopedics or Sports Medicine physician may recommend nonsurgical solutions that will help improve shoulder strength and flexibility. Treatment may include the following options:

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy or exercise
  • Stretching   
  • Heat or ice application
  • Imaging
  • Cortisone injections

Surgery for Shoulder Conditions

Kelsey-Seybold’s expert shoulder surgeons specialize in the comprehensive treatment of disorders and complex problems affecting the shoulder. Delaying surgical repair of your shoulder may increase the likelihood that the problem will become more difficult to treat later. Early diagnosis and treatment of shoulder problems can make a significant difference. Here some of the types of surgeries our shoulder surgeons perform:

  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Bankart repair​
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • SLAP repair
  • Biceps, tendon surgery
  • AC joint reconstruction
  • Shoulder instability and revision surgery
  • Shoulder replacement

Meet​ Your Shoulder Specialists for Life

Shoulder surgery

Dr. Anup Shah

Office evaluations and treatment

Dr. Ije Nwaeze
Dr. Randal Stavinoha
Dr. Stephen Tabor
Dr. Jorge Velez
Dr. Christina Walker

Our Physician Assistants

Ryan Teague, PA-C


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