Shoulder Pain

Richard Goding, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa

Richard Goding, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in West Des Moines, IA & Corydon, IA

Your shoulders have a remarkable range of motion that you might take for granted until shoulder pain reduces your mobility. At the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa in West Des Moines and Corydon, Iowa, Richard Goding, MD, provides expert diagnosis of the cause of shoulder pain as well as cutting-edge treatment to heal your shoulder, reduce your pain, and get you back to your regular activities. Call the office nearest you or schedule a consultation online today for expert orthopedic shoulder care.

Shoulder Pain

What are the common causes of shoulder pain?

Your shoulders are vulnerable to a wide range of degenerative conditions and acute injuries that can cause immobilizing pain and stiffness. Diseases and injuries that cause shoulder pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Bicep tendon tears
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Instability and dislocation
  • Fractures


Shoulder pain varies. You might have sharp, stabbing pain or your pain could be a dull ache. Shoulder pain often reduces your mobility because extending your shoulder to reach in front, behind, or above you can trigger more intense pain.

When should I see a doctor about shoulder pain?

If you have shoulder pain that doesn’t go away after a couple of days of rest and at-home care, make an appointment with Dr. Goding. Other signs that you need to see an orthopedic shoulder specialist include:

  • Your shoulder appears deformed
  • Your arm can’t be moved away from your body
  • Sudden swelling in your shoulder
  • Tenderness or warmth around your shoulder
  • Your pain gets worse


At the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa, Dr. Goding provides extensive exams to identify the condition causing your shoulder pain.

How is the cause of shoulder pain diagnosed?

Dr. Goding begins by reviewing your medical history and asking about your symptoms, lifestyle, and recent injuries. He performs a physical exam to check for physical abnormalities, muscle weakness, and tenderness. He also evaluates your shoulder strength and range of motion.

In some cases, Dr. Goding orders imaging studies like X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans to examine the inside of your shoulder in more detail. He might also perform a minimally invasive diagnostic arthroscopic procedure to evaluate the inside of your joint.

How is shoulder pain treated?

After diagnosing the cause of your shoulder pain, Dr. Goding creates customized treatment plans to heal your shoulder and ease your pain. In addition to medication, joint injections, and physical therapy, he might recommend:


Whenever possible, Dr. Goding uses minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, although some conditions require traditional open surgery.

If you have shoulder pain that’s interfering with your range of motion or quality of life, call the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa or make an appointment online today for expert orthopedic treatment.