NW Orthopedic Spokane Shoulder Pain


Diagnostic Arthroscopy (Shoulder)

Shoulder Pain

As the most versatile joint in the human body, our shoulder joint provides us with a tremendous amount of flexibility. However, this range of motion can lead to shoulder pain or discomfort.

In most cases, pain in the shoulder can be the result of one of four main causes: inflammation, instability, arthritis, or a fracture.

Symptoms of a possible shoulder condition or injury include:

  • Pain and stiffness in or around the shoulder joint
  • Limited shoulder mobility
  • Difficulty and/or inability to reach overhead
  • Shoulder joint pain that keeps you awake at night
  • A popping or grinding feeling when using the afflicted shoulder

Whether you’re suffering from a recent injury, such as a rotator cuff tear or shoulder dislocation, or the pain in your shoulder has developed over time from shoulder tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis) or bursitis, our shoulder doctors at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists understand your desire for pain relief.


Conditions we treat include

Treatments include

  • Arthroscopic Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Separation Repair
  • Arthroscopic Bankart Repair
  • Arthroscopic Capsular Pilcation
  • Arthroscopic Capsular Release
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Biceps Tenodesis
  • Diagnostic Arthroscopy (Shoulder)
  • Distal Clavicle Excision (Resection)
  • Fracture Care
  • Glenohumeral Debridement
  • Joint Injections for Pain Relief
  • Labral Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Impingement Surgery
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • SLAP Repair
  • Total Shoulder Replacement

Why choose Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists?

The shoulder doctors at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists have the training, expertise, and experience to assess, diagnose, and treat your injury or condition individually to your needs.

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To consult with one of our shoulder doctors, please request an appointment online, or call 888-660-2663.

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Appointment Resources

Once you have scheduled your appointment with one of our shoulder doctors, please use the link below to obtain our new patient forms and browse through our tips and preparation suggestions for your appointment. 

Preparing for My Appointment & New Patient Forms

“My accident occurred on July 17, at Coeur d'Alene Park. I fell on my left shoulder with all my weight, resulting in a proximal humerus fracture. The Comments from that doctor were that I had many loose bones, very severe and advised me to get a good surgeon. I was able to get a referral from my primary physician to Northwest Orthopaedic Specialist’s Dr. Chris Anderson. He was able to operate, placing a strap with 10 screws to hold the shoulder on July 17. The first operation did not hold and the screws came loose after two weeks. I had a good discussion with Dr. Anderson and he advised a reverse shoulder replacement. The operation on August 8 was very   successful and the results are acceptable shoulder motion. Physical therapy by Steve Allen started Sept. 17 and continued until Dec. 23. I was able to go south in our trailer on Jan. 1. It was AMAZING, and we enjoyed three months of sunshine. I highly recommend the staff in all aspects of my two operations and care from Dr. Anderson and his associates. My present range of motion, considering the complex injury of my shoulder, is above my expectations on July 17.” — Pat O.

“I came in with a discomfort of my left shoulder. Dr. McDonald, examined it and gave me prognosis of a treatment that should help. It all worked out great for me. I have no more pain and I am very active with that shoulder in movements.” — Claude C.

“After having increasing shoulder pain and lack of mobility for 2+ years, I have my life back. I had a shoulder manipulation done with Dr. Kody and my results have been incredible. I also have enjoyed restful nights of sleep ever since I had the manipulation. The constant pain and sharp shooting pain that I experienced is gone and I have been able to go back to biking, kayaking, jogging, yoga and golfing. Thank you for allowing me to do all the things that make me me.” — Sandra M.

“I had shoulder surgery in mid June of this year, AC joint repair, and minor rotator cuff tune-up. This condition had bothered me for years. I wish now I would have had surgery sooner. The operation was a tremendous success. I have +95% range of motion and +90% of my strength back. I am pain free. Thank you Dr. Kersten and the support staff at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists.” — Vance T.

“Several years ago, I had a problem with my left shoulder. After examining it, Dr. Kody recommended physical therapy, which took care of it. I have complete confidence in the staff of NWOS.” — Julia R.

Dr. Kersten has now done two shoulder surgeries and a knee surgery for me. I have always been impressed by the staff and operation at Northwest with their efficiency and courtesy. Dr Kersten has always been understanding and attentive to my situation and open to discussion about possible courses of treatment. I feel my recoveries have been optimum with little need for follow-up medication and treatment. I could not be more pleased with my experience at Northwest Orthopaedic and I do recommend them to friends who are contemplating surgery.” — Forrest H.