Have you been experiencing pain in your shoulder or elbow? Has your physician told you that you need to see a specialist? Or have you already had surgery?

Your shoulder or elbow can emit symptoms that range from minor to excruciating pain. The level of pain depends on what the specific cause of the issue is. Regardless of the level of pain, a visit to a physician is highly recommended.

We reached out to Dr. Reza Omid, MD, assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to get the details of what you will experience when you visit your orthopaedic surgeon. Dr. Omid specializes in the treatment of disorders of the shoulder and elbow.

What your doctor does:

When you come in to see Dr. Omid, your evaluation will include a comprehensive medical history of your problem, a complete physical exam and appropriate plain x-rays.

How your doctor treats you:

Depending on the underlying issue of your pain and the root cause of the problem, the level of treatment varies. This could range anywhere from medication to physical therapy, arthroscopic surgery or a full joint replacement.

Rotator Cuff Tear:

If you are experiencing shoulder pain that is increased with overhead activity then you may have a rotator cuff tear. This problem can be confirmed with a complete history, a thorough physical exam and a MRI of the shoulder. Initial treatment usually includes anti-inflammatory medications, ice, and physical therapy. Some patients will respond well to a cortisone injection in the shoulder. If conservative measures fail, arthroscopic surgery is often necessary to relieve the pain in the shoulder.

Joint replacements:

If you are experiencing significant shoulder pain that does not respond to conservative treatment, a joint replacement may be recommended. Dr. Omid feels that this offers the opportunity for a second chance at life. This is a surgery that allows a person to live a life that they could not live before because of the severity of the pain. It allows mobility in an arthritic joint where patients once experienced constant pain.

Why Keck Medicine of USC:

If you have new onset shoulder pain or chronic pain that has not responded to treatment there is a reason why Keck Medicine of USC should be your destination of choice for disorders involving the shoulder. Our renowned clinicians will use the latest technology and their abundant experience to accurately diagnose your problem and to develop the best treatment plan for you.

If you suffer from a shoulder or elbow injury, make an appointment with an orthopaedic specialist. To learn more about the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of Keck Medicine of USC, visit http://spine.keckmedicine.org.

To schedule an appointment, call (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273) or visit http://ortho.keckmedicine.org/patient-information/request-an-appointment/.