Neck and Shoulder Treatment

Neck, or cervical, pain can come from a number of musculoskeletal disorders and diseases, such as muscle strain, accidents and spine fractures, and can involve any of the tissues in the neck. Some of the most common shoulder conditions include bursitis, rotator cuff tears and tendinitis.

CHI Franciscan Health orthopedic physicians and surgeons specializing in neck and shoulder conditions are here to help. Located all around the Puget Sound region of Washington, our expert surgeons and rehabilitative therapists provide patient consultations and excel in diagnosing and treating neck or shoulder pain.

Shoulder treatment options

Treatments often include medications, such as corticosteroid injections, physical therapy or shoulder surgery, if conservative methods have failed to bring relief.

Understanding shoulder replacement

The shoulder joint can be replaced by an artificial shoulder for pain caused by arthritis or when the shoulder is severely fractured or broken. Although shoulder joint replacement is less common than knee or hip replacement, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain. For shoulder joint replacement, your surgeon will make an incision (cut) over your shoulder joint to open up the area. Then your surgeon will:

  • Remove the head (top) of your upper arm bone (humerus)
  • Cement the new metal head and stem into place
  • Smooth the surface of the old socket and cement the new one in place
  • Close your incision with staples or sutures
  • Place a dressing (bandage) over your wound

When to consider shoulder replacement

Shoulder replacement surgery is usually done when you have severe pain in the shoulder area, which limits your ability to move your arm. Causes of shoulder pain may include osteoarthritis, poor result from a previous shoulder surgery, rheumatoid arthritis or broken bone or torn shoulder tissues.

Register and watch our treatment options video

In this video, Nelson Hager, MS, MD, and Jestyn Cummings, ARNP/FNP, MSN, will guide you through the basic anatomy of a shoulder, mechanisms of injury and non-surgical and surgical treatment options. Watch the video now.

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Schedule an appointment with a CHI Franciscan specialist. Find an orthopedic physician near you or attend a free health talk to meet a doctor on our team and have your questions answered.