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The shoulder joint is an amazing part of the body that allows for a wide variety of activities. It’s also the most mobile joint, and together with the surrounding muscles, allows for an endless list of movements, whether it’s lifting objects, brushing our hair, throwing a ball, holding a baby or just waving hello to someone.

Nearly one in four people will experience shoulder pain at some point in their lifetime, but it’s not just athletes for those who’ve suffered a traumatic injury; the majority of shoulder pain is the result of repetitive, everyday activities either at home or at work.

“The most common symptom that brings people to the doctor is pain at night that either wakes them up or prevents them from falling asleep altogether. Other common symptoms include pain with reaching and activities above shoulder level. Chronic pain, worsening pain or pain that affects their daily activities are signs that you should probably see a doctor,” says James Leonard M.D., orthopedic surgeon on staff at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. Dr. Leonard specializes in sports medicine, and treating shoulders and elbows in particular.

Many people delay shoulder care because they assume surgery is their only option. That’s one of the many myths Dr. Leonard dispels with his patients. “The majority of patients experiencing shoulder pain can be effectively treated without surgery,” he said. “The first goal is to resolve their pain, and then work on improving their shoulder function. Treatment options include oral or topical medicines, ice or heat wraps, home exercise programs, formal physical therapy and injections.”

What Happens when Conservative Treatment Options Fail

The good news is that only a small percentage of patients experiencing shoulder pain will need surgery. “If conservative treatment methods are not successful and further testing indicates surgery will be helpful, then I will begin a discussion with the patient about surgical treatment, expected outcomes and rehabilitation. Ultimately, it is the patient’s decision if surgery is right for them,” Dr. Leonard added.

Innovations in medical technology have helped orthopedic surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat shoulder pain using tiny incisions, a small guided-camera and highly specialized surgical tools.

These advancements result in less post-operative pain, fewer complications and a quicker recovery for patients. Most of these procedures are done on an outpatient basis at the state-of-the-art Silver Cross Surgery Center in New Lenox, where you can go home the same day as the procedure and recover in the comfort of your own home.

Free Lecture About Shoulder Pain Treatment Options

Shoulder impingement? Rotator cuff tear? Advanced degenerative disease? Dr. James Leonard,  orthopedic surgeon, will shed light on the most common causes of shoulder pain and the latest treatment options to help your shoulder feel better. “Treating the Spectrum of Shoulder Disease” will be presented Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m., at the Silver Cross Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Register at or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.