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Shoulder Pain
Diagnosis & Treatment

Dr. Pamela Mehta, MD
The Best Shoulder Doctor in San Jose

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About Shoulder Pain

Shoulder problems commonly manifest as shoulder pain and difficulty moving your arm. Pain in your shoulder joint is often associated with difficulty moving. It can also significantly impact your daily life.

The shoulder pain can make it difficult to play any sports which require arm movement. Work which requires you to lift things is also difficult, and it can impact your sleep. Some shoulder conditions heal without any medical intervention. However, it’s important to know when you should visit a shoulder doctor.

Your shoulder joint is a “ball and socket” joint. It is very mobile and allows you to reach for things from all directions. When you have shoulder pain, it could come from any part of the shoulder including:

  • Bones
  • Cartilage
  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Nerves
shoulder pain symptoms help us diagnose your shoulder pain in san jose


Shoulder pain symptoms depend on the condition which is causing it. Symptoms associated with shoulder pain can include:

  • Pain in your shoulder at rest
  • Pain when you move your shoulder
  • Pain when you lift heavy objects
  • Limited shoulder range of motion
  • Popping or clicking sounds when you move your shoulder
  • Weakness in your arm or hand
  • Numbness in your arm
  • Your shoulder joint feeling unstable

Some shoulder conditions are due to simple trauma or inflammation. But if you have a serious injury and don’t visit your local shoulder doctor, you might cause lasting damage!

There are certain symptoms such as joint instability which signify a serious problem. If you don’t know the cause of the pain, or it’s not improving, you should ask for professional advice.

Dr. Pamela Mehta M.D is a board-certified shoulder doctor in San Jose and founder of Resilience Orthopedics, based in Los Gatos, CA. If you live in the San Jose area and are suffering from shoulder pain, you should book a consultation with us today.

Book a Consultation with Dr. Pamela Mehta, MD

The Best Shoulder Doctor in San Jose

Dr. Mehta is a board-certified shoulder surgeon who can help you recover from your joint condition.

We can help if you:


When you attend our orthopedic clinic, Dr. Mehta will perform a physical examination. The location of pain, any swelling, and an assessment of your joint stability will all help Dr. Mehta. From this, she can determine the likely cause and give her information on tests and treatment options. She will also ask you questions on:

  • How long the pain has been there
  • What makes the pain worse
  • Any associated symptoms
  • Your medical history
Examination of the shoulder joint can help with shoulder pain diagnosis

After examination, you will receive an x-ray to look at the structure of your shoulder. This may be followed by an MRI or ultrasound. These imaging tests help to rule out other conditions which can cause shoulder pain. They will help determine which treatment options are most likely to help ease your pain.

Following tests, Dr. Mehta will discuss the diagnosis and treatment options. She can advise on how long the recovery from your shoulder pain will take. She always works with her patients to create a personalized treatment plan.


At Resilience Orthopedics, we offer a concierge orthopedic service. We have modern and advanced treatment options for patients suffering from joint conditions. Dr. Mehta is an expert shoulder doctor in San Jose and specializes in minimally-invasive surgical techniques.

Dr. Mehta will never push surgery on you if you’d prefer to explore non-surgical options first. She cares about her patients and wants you to get immediate relief as well as a long-term solution to your pain.

Treatment for shoulder pain can give you shoulder pain relief

Conservative treatment for shoulder pain can include:

  • Exercise plans
  • Physical therapy
  • Shoulder sling
  • Hot or cold treatments
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

Sometimes, surgery is required to view the damage in your shoulder joint directly. Arthroscopy helps to fix the problem while minimizing recovery time and scars.

Dr. Mehta offers a full range of surgical treatments at a first-class surgery center. She will advise on recovery time from surgery and will call to follow up on your condition.

doctor examining patient with unstable shoulder

You should go see your doctor for evaluation if:

  • You feel your joint is coming in and out of place
  • It feels like certain movement will make it come out of place

A shoulder doctor can evaluate the structural integrity of your ligaments. They can also test the functioning of your shoulder capsule.


A T.
San Jose, CA
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This review is long overdue from a very happy and ever so grateful patient! I was having major shoulder pain to the point where I couldn't raise my left shoulder. I decided to go to Dr. Mehta after a friend recommended me to her. Dr. Mehta was very attentive during our initial apt. She was quickly able to diagnose the root cause of my shoulder issue and explained the how and why I ended up with this pain. Her treatment plan involved me doing various mobility exercises and after two weeks I can honestly say I am at least 50% better. I think a few other Yelp reviewers mentioned this but I have to say it again, Dr Mehta truly cares about her patients and it was very apparent from how she followed up with my recovery. She called and emailed me to make sure I was following the plan and kept up with all my progress. I'm not sure how Dr Mehta finds the time to do all this but after my experience with her, I can say with certainty that she is a very skillful doctor and I have 100% trust in her.
Ashis Roy
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Dr. Mehta is an exceptional surgeon who is both easily approachable and honest. It’s hard to find doctors with such integrity. She saw both of my parents for their knee and shoulder issues and was able diagnose and treat their issues.

What Shoulder Services Do We Offer?

Shoulder Pain Assessment

Shoulder Pain is frustrating and can impact both your sleep and your mental health. Dr. Mehta is a shoulder doctor and can diagnose your pain, offering various surgical and non-surgical treatments.

Shoulder Surgery

If your shoulder condition is severe, or nothing you have tried has helped, Dr. Mehta can advise you on the options for surgery. She is a shoulder specialist and can offer expert opinion and care.

Treatment of Shoulder Conditions


Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder makes your shoulder stiff and can make movement painful.

Bicep Tendinitis

Bicep tendonitis causes pain in your upper arm and can lead to a bicep tendon tear.

Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement makes it difficult to raise your arms above your head.

Shoulder Bursitis

Shoulder bursitis gives you a tender shoulder and makes it difficult to sleep.

Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator cuff tears can occur during sports and make overhead movements difficult.

Dislocated Shoulder

Shoulder dislocation causes a disformed and painful shoulder and can be recurrent.

Shoulder Separation

Shoulder separation is a sprain in the AC joint near your shoulder.

And Many More!

Dr. Mehta offers diagnosis and treatment of all shoulder conditions and can offer her specialist opinion as an expert shoulder doctor.

Expert Advice For Shoulder Problems