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Robert E. Karsch, MD, FAAOS

Orthopaedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Decatur, GA & Atlanta, GA

Shoulder Pain Specialist

Shoulder injuries can be extremely painful and affect everyday activities. Dr. Karsch has more than 20 years of diagnosing and treating shoulder pain. With offices located in Decatur and Sandy Springs, Dr. Karsch serves patients in the greater Atlanta area.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain is a common condition occurring from problems within the shoulder joint. The shoulder is made up of a complex structure of bones, ligaments, muscles, and nerve fibers. Attached to the joint are four muscles whose main function is to reinforce the ball and socket joint. This is called the rotator cuff and its job is to maintain shoulder joint stability when performing different actions. Pain in the shoulder can have a significant impact on daily activities especially when the pain is severe.

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

  • Pain in the shoulder can be the result of conditions such as:
  • Osteoarthritis – degeneration of the bones and reduction in the joint space of the shoulder resulting in painful movement.
  • Shoulder dislocation –following some form of trauma or injury in which the upper arm bone comes out of the shoulder blade socket.
  • Rotator cuff injury – this type of injury occurs following sudden stress on the muscles that form the rotator cuff.
  • Frozen shoulder – characterized by stiffness of the shoulder joint causing pain when attempting to lift the arm above the level of the shoulder.
  • Fracture – similar to a shoulder dislocation, a fracture occurs following direct injury to the shoulder.

How is Shoulder Pain Treated?

Treatment for shoulder pain comes from a proper diagnosis first. Medication can be prescribed for pain management or as anti-inflammatories. Other forms of treatment include steroid or cortisone injections directly into the shoulder joint to help reduce inflammation and pain. Effects can be short lived and repeat injections may be required. Physical therapy can help reduce pain and improve range of motion within the shoulder and will offer advice and exercises that will help reduce pain and improve range of moment of the shoulder joint. Surgical treatment is usually reserved for patients who have not responded to any of the treatment measures above. It is also offered for patients who have suffered a dislocated shoulder or fractured shoulder joint.

Insurance Accepted

Please call the office for questions regarding billing and insurance. We accept most insurance plans that do not require a referral from a Primary Care Physician and will do our best to inform you of your co-pays, deductibles, and network participation. We do not accept any form of Medicaid or Tricare. We are pleased to offer CareCredit as a payment option.

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Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Karsch has always been very professional around me. In the past he has done surgery on both shoulders with a great outcome and takes care of both knees."

    Floyd K.
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Karsch was also very detailed and helpful in his explanations of how he planned to repair my tendon and he also performed a seamless surgery with 0 pain."

    Brandon P.
  • "Dr. Karsch is the bomb.com. He explained everything step by step. I'm completely aware of what is going on. Hopefully I won't be back!"

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  • "Excellent service - they listened and responded with sympathy and expertise. Great front office staff; friendly and prompt."

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