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Shoulder Pain Answers
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:30 PM (Eastern Time)

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Eric Ricchetti, MD

  • Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Cleveland Clinic

Shoulder pain is extremely common – whether due to aging, overuse, trauma or a sports injury. Shoulder pain and injuries alone account for nearly 20 percent of visits to the doctor’s office. When the shoulder pain interferes with carrying groceries, participating in your favorite activities or getting a good night’s sleep, it’s time to seek medical advice.

Shoulder pain has many causes. Some of the most common conditions include:

Arthritis Osteoarthritis - the wearing down of cartilage that allows bones to glide smoothly within the joints, and can occur with aging, trauma or overuse injury.
Rotator cuff injuries - theseinclude tendonitis and rotator cuff tears and are the most common causes of shoulder pain and activity restriction.
Bursitis – inflammation of the bursa, and most often caused by repetitive motions (overuse), or repeatedly bumping or putting pressure on the area.

The good news is that there are more effective treatment options available today than ever before. At Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute, we have designed our services so that all of the specialists you need – including orthopaedic physicians and surgeons, rheumatologists and occupational therapists – work together to help you return to an active lifestyle.

About the Speaker
Eric Ricchetti, MD received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Ricchetti completed his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. During his residency training, Dr. Ricchetti also completed a year of dedicated research in the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Rothman Institute.

Dr. Ricchetti's interests in shoulder pathology include joint replacement and arthroscopy, rotator cuff tears and other tendon and ligament problems, sports injuries, and trauma. Dr. Ricchetti is very active in shoulder and elbow research and has authored a number of publications and book chapters, including presenting at regional and national conferences.

To make an appointment with Dr. Ricchetti or any of the other specialists in our Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, please call 866.275.7496. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/ortho

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