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Shoulder Pain

Robert A. Mileski, MD -  - Sports Medicine Doctor

Phoenix Orthopedic Group

Robert A. Mileski, MD

Sports Medicine Doctor & Orthopedic Surgeon located in Scottsdale, AZ

Shoulder pain and injuries account for nearly one out of every five doctor visits. If arthritis or an injury has you suffering from shoulder pain, orthopedic surgeon Robert Mileski, MD, and his staff at Phoenix Orthopedic Group in Scottsdale, Arizona, can help. They offer surgical and nonsurgical treatments to help you resume everyday activities. Schedule an appointment today by calling or booking online.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain occurs within or near your shoulder joint. It often results from an injury or degeneration associated with aging. Discomfort in your shoulder might present as:

  • Dull, aching pain
  • Sharp or throbbing pain
  • Pain when moving your arm
  • Arm weakness
  • An inability to lift your arm

After a physical exam and imaging tests if necessary, Dr. Mileski and his team diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain.

What causes shoulder pain?

Numerous health conditions and injuries can lead to shoulder pain, such as:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Labral tears
  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Fractures
  • Tendonitis
  • Sprains
  • Inflammation
  • Normal wear and tear

Sometimes shoulder pain goes away on its own but it may indicate a serious injury that requires medical intervention, so responding quickly is important to your health.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Dr. Mileski and his team consider surgical and non-surgical solutions based on the severity of your shoulder injury, your general health, and your desired outcome. Examples of treatments offered at Phoenix Orthopedic Group include:

Heat or ice therapy

For minor shoulder injuries, heat and ice might be all you need to reduce inflammation and recover from your injury. Dr. Mileski gives you instructions on how to use heat and ice treatment at home.

Physical therapy

In some cases, physical therapy helps you fully recover from a shoulder injury without medication or surgery. Dr. Mileski refers to you one of his trusted physical therapists or educates you on which stretching and strengthening exercises you can complete at home.


Shoulder injections can relieve shoulder pain without surgery. Injections that reduce inflammation and enhance healing include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) derived from your own blood and cortisone injections.


Surgery is often a last resort for shoulder pain treatment when less invasive options fail. Dr. Mileski is a world-class, board-certified orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience performing open surgeries, mini open surgeries, arthroscopic surgeries, and shoulder joint replacements.

Which treatment is right for me?

Dr. Mileski and his team consult with you to identify treatment options that best match your needs and promise the best long-term outcomes. He recommends the least invasive options first but is always prepared to use his exceptional surgical expertise. To consider options for your shoulder pain, contact Phoenix Orthopedic Group by phone or book online.