Shoulder Pain

Third Day Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Jeff N. Spaw, MD

Orthopedic Surgery & Total Joint Replacement Specialist located in College Station, TX & Brenham, TX

If shoulder pain prevents you from performing basic activities like hugging your loved ones, it may be time to consider shoulder replacement surgery. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Spaw, MD, performs shoulder replacement and reverse total shoulder replacement surgeries at Third Day Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in College Station and Brenham, Texas. To learn more about your options for shoulder pain relief, call or book an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in your body. Unfortunately, this wide range of motion leaves your shoulder vulnerable to numerous conditions that cause pain. Dr. Spaw treats the full spectrum of shoulder problems, including:

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis and tears
  • Bicep tendonitis and tendon tears
  • Arthritis of the shoulder
  • Shoulder fractures


Many of these conditions share similar symptoms, like shoulder pain, stiffness, and restricted mobility. The best way to find out what’s causing your shoulder pain is to schedule an appointment at Third Day Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed and treated?

First, Dr. Spaw thoroughly reviews your symptoms and medical history. Then, he carefully examines your shoulder and checks for tenderness and restricted range of motion. He may also take tests, like an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

After he diagnoses your condition, Dr. Spaw recommends the best course of treatment. Minor shoulder problems often improve with non-surgical treatments, including:

  • Rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Oral or injected medications


If your condition is severe or doesn’t improve with conservative treatment, Dr. Spaw may recommend surgery. He performs various types of shoulder surgery, including:

  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Total shoulder replacement
  • Reverse total shoulder replacement


Conditions like severe rotator cuff tears, fractures, and arthritis may require surgery.

What does shoulder replacement surgery involve?

During shoulder replacement surgery, Dr. Spaw removes damaged or diseased tissue from your shoulder joint and replaces it with artificial components. Dr. Spaw uses high-quality DJO® implants for joint replacement procedures.

Depending on your needs, Dr. Spaw may perform one of the following procedures.

Total shoulder replacement

This procedure mimics the natural structure of your shoulder, where the round head of your upper arm bone (humerus) fits into your shoulder socket (glenoid). Dr. Spaw replaces the socket with a plastic device that resembles a cup and attaches a metal ball to the top of your humerus.  

Reverse total shoulder replacement

A reverse shoulder replacement switches the position of the ball and socket. In this procedure, Dr. Spaw attaches a metal ball to the shoulder socket and the plastic up to the top of your arm bone. Dr. Spaw may recommend this technique if you have a severe rotator cuff injury because it allows you to use your arm without relying on the rotator cuff.

To find out if shoulder replacement is right for you, call Third Day Orthopedics & Sports Medicine or book an appointment online today.

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