The shoulder is your body's most mobile joint. This flexibility makes your shoulder prone to injury.
Count on us to help you move well and without pain.
Nationally Ranked Orthopedic Care
We are repeatedly ranked among the nation's best for orthopedic care by U.S. News & World Report and are a designated Center of Excellence for orthopedic care by Optum. Look to us for expert, safe and cost-effective care.
When to See a Doctor
If you have shoulder pain that lasts more than a week, you should see a doctor. An early diagnosis and the right treatment can prevent you from doing serious or permanent damage to your joint.
Do I Need a Referral for Orthopedic Care?
You can make an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists directly without a referral. If you have an HMO, however, your insurance plan may require a referral from your primary care physician.
Shoulder Conditions Treated
UC San Diego Health treats all types of shoulder conditions.
Evaluation and Diagnosis
At UC San Diego Health, you receive a complete workup of your shoulder condition. This includes a careful review of your health history, current symptoms, a physical exam of your shoulder, and X-rays. Diagnostic injections or an MRI arthrogram (or both) may also be recommended if there are inconsistencies in your diagnosis, symptoms or response to treatment. Once you have a diagnosis, you and your doctor can discuss your treatment options and goals.
Many shoulder conditions respond well to nonsurgical treatment. Your doctor will typically recommend conservative treatment before considering surgical options.
If you have not responded to conservative treatment, you may be a candidate for shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder resurfacing or shoulder replacement.
Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive approach that allows your surgeon to see and work inside your shoulder with smaller incisions. Your recovery is often faster and less painful. Arthroscopy can be used to restore normal joint stability and strength for many injuries, including rotator cuff tears, shoulder instabilities, ligament tears and SLAP lesions.
Reconstruction & Replacement
Partial and Total Joint Replacement
If you have severe joint damage or degeneration, you may be a candidate for shoulder resurfacing or replacement. UC San Diego Health surgeons offer a range of surgical approaches to restore your shoulder joint and are sought out for their expertise in complex revision surgeries as well.
More about Shoulder Conditions and Care
For more general information about shoulder conditions and treatments, visit our Health Library: