Shoulder arthritis and injuries can cause severe pain during everyday activities. If you are limited by sharp pains or an aching shoulder, talk to a physician who can explain your treatment options. Once the cause of shoulder pain is determined, I talk to patients about their non-surgical options, which may include anti-inflammatory medications, injections and physical therapy. If these do not alleviate the pain, we then discuss surgical treatment plans. Surgical options for shoulder problems include arthroscopic procedures, open surgeries and shoulder replacements. There is no reason to suffer endlessly from shoulder pain. Whether you have an injury, arthritis or a sports-related problem, ask your doctor to help you find a trusted surgeon who is experienced in addressing shoulder issues.