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Shoulder Specialist

Alta Orthopedics

Amish A Naik, MD, PhD

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Hand and Upper Extremity Orthopedic Surgeon located in Millburn, NJ

If you injure your shoulder, you might not be able to use your affected arm and could even develop a condition called “frozen shoulder” that limits your movements for months at a time. You can receive treatment for shoulder pain and injuries at Alta Orthopedics in Millburn, New Jersey. Amish Naik, MD, PhD, is a board-certified, patient-centered orthopedic physician and surgeon who offers the latest diagnostic and treatment modalities for shoulder injuries and pain. Whether you need nonsurgical or surgical care, book a shoulder diagnosis and treatment at Alta Orthopedics by phone or through the online form.

Shoulder Q & A

Why does my shoulder hurt?

Because your arm needs to move in so many directions, the socket part of your ball-and-socket shoulder joint is extremely shallow. The shallowness of the socket subjects all of the tendons, ligaments, and muscles that keep your shoulder stable to pressures and stresses that can cause them to stretch or even rip apart.

How did I injure my shoulder?

Shoulder injuries are common in athletes and others who have to make high-impact, repetitive arm movements, such as swinging a bat or manipulating a paintbrush. You might injure your shoulder in a personal injury accident, car wreck, or a fall. Other causes of your shoulder pain could be:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Pinched nerve

One of the most common types of shoulder injuries — particularly in athletes — is a rotator cuff tear. 

What is a rotator cuff?

Your rotator cuff consists of the tendons, ligaments, and muscles that keep the ball of your shoulder joint in its socket. You’re more likely to tear your rotator cuff as you age because your tendons, ligaments, and muscles degrade and weaken over time.

How can I treat my shoulder pain?

If you just injured your shoulder and didn’t hear a popping or cracking sound, and if your shoulder doesn’t seem to be dislocated, you may be able to treat your shoulder by resting it, icing the swollen and injured area, and controlling pain and inflammation with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). 

Contact Dr. Naik if you notice:

  • Loss of mobility
  • Worsening pain
  • Pain that doesn’t get better in days
  • Purplish or deep bruising

Untreated shoulder pain can lead to a condition called frozen shoulder.

What is a frozen shoulder?

When your shoulder hurts, you need to rest it so that it can recover and heal. However, if you immobilize your shoulder for long periods, you can develop a condition called frozen shoulder. If you have a frozen shoulder, you can’t move your arm at all and your doctor can’t move it for you, either.

How do doctors treat shoulder pain?

Dr. Naik tailors his treatment based on the type of injury you have. Some options include injections to subdue swelling and pain or cutting-edge, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff or other injuries. He also uses arthroscopy to replace a shoulder joint damaged by arthritis or other causes.

Contact Alta Orthopedics for a shoulder evaluation and repair by calling today or using the online contact form.