Tampa General’s Orthopaedic Institute offers a wide array of treatment options for chronic shoulder pain and dysfunction, enabling patients to get back to everyday activities and improve their quality of life. Depending on the source of your discomfort, treatment can involve anything from simply resting your shoulder to orthopaedic surgery.

The range of treatment options is due to the complexity of the shoulder, which comprises several bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons that give the arm a full 180-degree range of motion. This high level of mobility leaves the shoulder particularly susceptible to many types of injuries and diseases, including fractures, dislocations, and arthritis.

Treatment Options

If you have persistent or worsening shoulder pain, you should seek care from an orthopaedic specialist who will be able to evaluate your condition and recommend appropriate treatment. Many painful shoulder conditions can be corrected through lifestyle changes and non-surgical treatments, such as receiving injections, physical therapy, and regenerative medicines that trigger the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

When these non-surgical treatments prove to be unsuccessful, surgical intervention may be necessary to relieve the pain and mend torn muscles, tendons, and/or ligaments, replace a shoulder joint, or repair a fractured humerus. Specifically, if your pain is due to a torn rotator cuff, a reverse shoulder replacement may be suggested. This technique secures the artificial replacements of the humerus and glenoid cavity to opposite places in the shoulder. Doing so forces the healthier deltoid muscles to control the arm, taking that responsibility away from the injured rotator cuff. If your shoulder pain is due to a previous failed joint replacement, a revision joint replacement will likely be necessary.

If orthopaedic surgery is required, our patients are provided with comprehensive treatment by our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons who perform a high volume of complex joint replacement surgeries. More than 4,000 inpatient orthopaedic surgical procedures are completed annually at TGH, which is more any other facility within West Central Florida.

Tampa General Recognized for World-Class Orthopaedic Care

Our shoulder replacement program, in addition to our knee and hip replacement programs, has earned prestigious certifications from The Joint Commission – an honor reserved for medical facilities that excel in patient education, research, and providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary care. TGH has also been named in the Top 2% of Hospitals in the Nation for Orthopaedic Surgery by U.S. News & World Report for 2023-24.