Shoulder Pain Specialist

Premier Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Specialist located in Hattiesburg, MS

When you’re suffering from shoulder pain, it not only makes things like combing your hair hard, it can also interfere with your sleep and lead to serious mobility issues. Dr. Thomas Baylis is board-certified and fellowship-trained sports medicine specialists, and he can help reduce, or even eliminate, your shoulder pain. At Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, these doctors work to get you pain free and back to the activities you love as soon as possible. Call the office today to schedule your appointment or book it online now.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is often caused by overuse or strain. The most mobile joint in the body, your shoulder has multiple tendons, ligaments, and nerves that can become irritated or inflamed. Issues with your rotator cuff -- a group of muscles and tendons that support the joint -- can also result in shoulder pain.

If you play a sport that involves repetitive shoulder movements, such as pitching a baseball, it can lead to shoulder pain. Jobs where your hands are held over your head for extended periods of time can also cause shoulder pain.

Other causes include:

  • Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Joint instability
  • Dislocation
  • Collarbone fracture
  • Pinched nerves

What is frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder results when there’s an injury to the shoulder, typically the rotator cuff, and it’s not effectively treated. If you have a shoulder injury and don’t move your shoulder joint regularly due to pain, it can stiffen and reduce your range of motion.

After time with limited movement, adhesions develop and cause your tendons and ligaments to fuse together and the joint mobility becomes permanently limited.

When should you call the doctor about shoulder pain?

If you have shoulder pain that’s severe enough to interfere with your daily living and doesn’t improve after 10 days of rest, you should contact Dr. Baylis.

Seek medical attention right away if you have shoulder pain accompanied by:

  • A deformed joint
  • Sudden swelling
  • Inability to move the shoulder joint
  • Inability to lift your arm away from your body
  • Extreme pain

If you have a shoulder injury that resulted from sports or physical activity and you’re concerned about re-injury, seeing a sports medicine specialist can help.

How do you treat shoulder pain?

The root cause of your shoulder pain determines how Dr. Baylis treats it. In cases of mild inflammation or irritation, he may suggest resting the shoulder, treating it with ice and heat, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers to help with any discomfort.

If arthritis causes your shoulder pain, your doctor may recommend corticosteroid injections, along with shoulder exercises to build strength and stability, as well as reduce pain and stiffness. In some cases, especially those with progressed issues with the rotator cuff, the team at Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine may suggest surgery.

If you have shoulder pain that’s not responding to at-home treatments, call the office today to schedule an appointment or book online.