The shoulder joint is capable of a wider range of motion than any other joint in the body. It’s also susceptible to a wide range of injuries and conditions.

OPA offers comprehensive treatment options for every shoulder condition from simple sprains and tendonitis to complex rotator cuff injuries and osteoarthritic conditions requiring total replacement.

What is Shoulder Pain?

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that consists of several interconnected parts. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the upper part of the shoulder blade to the collarbone, or clavicle. The glenohumeral joint connects the shoulder socket, or glenoid, which extends from the shoulder blade, to the arm bone, or humerus. The shoulders flexibility can make it prone to injury.

Common Causes:

  • Shoulder sprain
  • Tendon inflammation (bursitis or tendinitis) or tendon tear
  • Instability
  • Arthritis
  • Fracture (broken bone)

    Common Treatments:

    Nonsurgical treatment options are commonly used to treat shoulder pain. A treatment plan usually consists of multiple treatment options:


    RICE Method

    Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation decreases swelling, inflammation, and pain


    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

    Are taken orally or applied topically to decrease inflammation and pain

    Activity Modification

    Reduces or stops symptom causing activities

    Mild shoulder pain often responds well to home treatments, if the pain persists, it is best to follow up with an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA)team of shoulder specialists.

    An Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) Shoulder Specialists will conduct the following to obtain the proper diagnosis to start immediate treatment for a quicker recovery:


    • Obtain a medical history to check for risk factors
    • Perform a physical examination to check for symptoms and test shoulder strength and flexibility
    • Order and analyze x-rays (to rule out a fracture) or MRI

    At OPA, our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeons are experts in diagnosing and treating shoulder pain.

    If you are experiencing shoulder pain and would like a treatment solution you should contact OPA to schedule an appointment at any of our convenient locations in Anchorage and Eagle River.

    Common Shoulder Conditions

    Common Conditions Treated  

    • Dislocation
    • Subluxation
    • Torn Rotator Cuff
    • Torn Labrum (a Cuff of Cartilage)
    • Bursitis
    • Tendonitis
    • Impingement
    • Fractures

    Common Shoulder Procedures

    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Reconstruction
    • Ortho Fracture Repair incl. Extremities
    • Rotator Cuff Repair
    • Total Shoulder Replacement
    • Trauma and Fracture Care

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