Shoulder Pain Diagnosis
Dr. Pranjel Pipara will begin a physical examination to check for any structural issues and rule out anything that could involve your neck or spine.
They will then test your range of motion to see how strong and versatile your shoulder is. This includes lifting your arms and turning them 90 or 180 degrees in different directions, such as above your head, around your body, or behind you.
To get a closer look, Dr. Pranjel Pipara may also suggest one or more imaging tests:
- With X-rays. These will help your doctor detect bone spurs, arthritis, and other causes of shoulder pain associated with your bone. In order to make the specifics appear more clearly, the doctor can also prescribe an arthrogram, which requires a shot of dye.
- Magnetic resonance (MRI) imaging scan. To produce accurate images of your shoulder, it uses radio waves and a strong magnet.
- Computerized tomography (CT) scan. This is a sequence of various angles taken by X-rays. They will give your doctor a closer look at what’s happening to your shoulder when they’re put together.
- Electromyography (EMG). This tests the electrical activity in your muscles to see if your nerves have any issues.
- This is a surgical technique that requires a small fiber-optic camera to display high definition pictures of your shoulder to your doctor. During the operation, the doctor might also be able to treat the issue in certain cases.
Types of Shoulder Surgical Procedures
You may be given the option to have an arthroscopic procedure or an open surgical procedure.
Arthroscopy enables a pencil-thin tube with a tiny lens and lighting system to be placed through small incisions by the orthopedic surgeon to see inside the joint. The images inside the joint are relayed to a TV monitor, allowing a diagnosis to be made by the doctor. Depending on what is with the arthroscope, other surgical instruments may be inserted to allow repairs.
Arthroscopy may also be conducted on an external basis. About 1.4 million shoulder arthroscopies are performed annually worldwide, according to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Open surgery may be appropriate and may be associated with better outcomes than arthroscopy in some cases. Open surgery may also be performed with only a few inches of tiny incisions.
The type of operation performed within the shoulder is linked to healing and rehabilitation, rather than whether there has been an arthroscopic or open surgical procedure.
Prevention of Future Shoulder Problems
With regular stretching and strengthening, it is essential that you continue a shoulder exercise programme. In general, the best medical result after surgery will be for patients who diligently comply with the medications and activities prescribed by their orthopaedic surgeon and physical therapist.
Dr. Pranjel Pipara has thorough training in the diagnosis and nonsurgical and surgical treatment of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves, and is the best orthopedic surgeon.