By Baylor Medical Center of McKinney
Know when it’s time to get checked
If you’ve had shoulder pain for three months or more, it’s time to seek help. “If you’re having night pain, pain with overhead activities, or the pain affects your job or normal daily activities, then I’d recommend getting checked out,” says Donald Ozumba, M.D., Medical Director of Orthopedics at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney.
Dr. Ozumba says he often sees people with pain caused by:
- Shoulder bursitis or impingement
- Rotator cuff tears
- Cartilage tears
“We have several treatment options. People shouldn’t be afraid of what they might hear from the doctor,” he says. Treatments may start with home exercises and progress to injections and physical therapy.
If those treatments don’t work, X-rays, MRIs and ultrasounds can look more deeply for the source of the problem. Dr. Ozumba says ultrasound is good technology and can be performed in a doctor’s office, so if it’s indicated, there’s no need to schedule another appointment. Ultrasound is painless and performed with a handheld device that passes over your shoulder; there’s no problem with claustrophobia. For more complex problems, doctors can perform operations such as rotator cuff repairs and shoulder replacement surgery. Dr. Ozumba says that living a healthy lifestyle, quitting smoking and controlling your blood sugar if you have diabetes can help keep shoulder problems at bay.
Give Pain the Cold Shoulder
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About Baylor Medical Center at McKinney
Located at the northwest corner of Highway 380 and Lake Forest Drive, Baylor McKinney features a 95-bed, full-service hospital and surrounding medical office campus. Hospital services include heart and vascular, cancer, imaging, obstetrics and gynecology, level III NICU with private suites, digestive diseases, orthopedics, general surgery, neurology, internal medicine, emergency care, and outpatient services. For information visit BaylorHealth.com/McKinney. Call 1.800.4Baylor to find a physician.
About Baylor Health Care System
Baylor Health Care System is a not-for-profit, faith-based supporting organization providing services to a network of acute care hospitals and related health care entities that provide patient care, medical education, research and community service. Baylor recorded more than 2.8 million patient encounters, $4.1 billion in total operating revenue, $5.3 billion in total assets and $502 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2011 (as reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services). Baylor’s network of more than 300 access points includes 30 owned/operated/ ventured/affiliated hospitals; joint ventured ambulatory surgical centers; satellite outpatient locations; senior centers and more than 190 HealthTexas Provider Network physician clinics.