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Spectrum Health- What to do about Shoulder Pain

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Shoulder pain is a very common problem for active adults.

Causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Overuse injury
  • Athletic injury
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Impingement
  • Arthritis

Dr. Peter Ugolini is an orthopedic surgeon at Spectrum Health who specializes in shoulder and elbow. To keep your shoulders limber and to prevent any injuries, Dr. Ugolini recommends a series of simple stretches:

  • Reach for the sky and get your arms all the way over your head
  • Try to scratch your back and both over the shoulder and back up behind your back
  • Give a friend a hug, then bring your arms out in front and then across your body, one at a time
  • Get into a relaxed position with your hands behind your head and then drop your arms back behind you.

Orthopedic specialist at Spectrum Health Medical Group are offering free educational seminars to help you achieve a healthier, more active lifestyle.

The Hip and Knee Pain and Stiffness seminar will be on May 17.

The Shoulder and Elbow Arthritis seminar will be on May 25.

Both seminars start at 7pm at Calvin College Prince Conference Center.

If you're interested in attending either of these seminars, you can register online.


If you have shoulder pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ugolini at (616) 774-9515.  His office is in Grand Rapids at 1300 Michigan Street North East in Suite 200, and in Greenville at 705 South Greenville West Drive.

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