Shoulder Pain Specialist

Ramin Rabbani, MD

Spine Surgeon & Orthopedic Surgeon located in Beverly Hills, CA

You should never ignore shoulder pain: It’s a sign of an underlying problem that can worsen and lead to chronic instability and arthritis. Dr. Ramin Rabbani has extensive experience diagnosing the underlying cause of shoulder pain and addressing the problem with non-operative conservative treatments and arthroscopic surgery. Please don’t wait for shoulder pain to become debilitating: Call Ramin Rabbani, MD in Beverly Hills, California or use online booking to schedule a shoulder evaluation.

Shoulder Pain Q&A

What causes shoulder pain?

Your shoulder consists of three joints supported by muscles, ligaments, and tendons that provide optimal mobility. This mobility makes your shoulder susceptible to problems that cause shoulder pain, such as:

  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Tendon rupture
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder

What causes a rotator cuff tear?

Your rotator cuff isn’t one structure, it’s a group of four muscles and their associated tendons. It allows arm rotation and stabilizes your shoulder joint. The most common rotator cuff injury — a partial or complete tear — has two possible causes:

Acute tears

An acute tear develops suddenly from an injury such as falling on an outstretched arm or lifting a heavy object.

Degenerative tears

Your rotator cuff is highly susceptible to tears caused by daily wear and tear and repetitive stress. Bone spurs that develop over time may also lead to rotator cuff tears as they rub against tendons. Wear and tear on the rotator cuff may render it more susceptible to tear after trauma.

What is shoulder impingement?

Impingement (rotator cuff tendonitis) also causes shoulder pain. That occurs when bones compress rotator cuff tendons during overhead movement: The type of motion used when you swim, throw a baseball, or paint a wall. As you repeat the motion, soft tissues become inflamed and painful.

How is shoulder pain treated?

The treatment for your shoulder pain depends on the severity of your condition and the underlying cause. You may need one or more of the following:

Change in activity

You may need to temporarily avoid or modify the activity responsible for your shoulder pain.

Therapy and rehabilitation

Therapy effectively reduces inflammation, relieves pain, and improves shoulder strength and mobility. Your therapy may include exercises, massage, electrical stimulation, and body mechanics training.


In addition to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, Dr. Rabbani may recommend steroid injections to reduce inflammation and pain.


Once your shoulder has been injured or dislocated, it can develop chronic instability, making it vulnerable to recurring dislocations. Surgery may be necessary to repair torn or stretched ligaments, tendons, and muscles so they can stabilize your shoulder joint.

Dr. Rabbani performs arthroscopy using a small camera to look inside your shoulder, diagnose the problem, then perform surgery to repair the problem. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses thin instruments inserted through small incisions.

You don’t have to live with shoulder pain: Call Ramin Rabbani, MD or book an appointment online today.