Shoulder pain can occur due to arthritis, sports injuries, repetitive use of the joint, heavy lifting, or other physical activity. Our doctors are experts at diagnosing and treating shoulder problems. Their goal is to return you to your pre-injury level of functioning as quickly as possible, or, if you have arthritis, to restore shoulder movement and reduce your pain.

Martin Orthopedics specializes in treating shoulder and upper extremity pain and injuries.

Our clinic prides itself on paying extra attention to our patients’ needs. We take the time to evaluate your condition and educate you on your best treatment options. Whether your care requires a surgical or non-surgical approach, you’ll be in the best hands!

Common Shoulder & Upper Extremity Problems


These are the typical problems evaluated by our physicians. Our physicians are experienced in each issue and the staff of Martin Orthopedics is happy to answer questions about your specific symptoms.

Rotator Cuff Tear
When one or more of the rotator cuff tendons is torn, the tendon no longer fully attaches to the head of the humerus. Most tears occur in the supraspinatus muscle and tendon, but other parts of the rotator cuff may also be involved. In many cases, torn tendons begin by fraying. As the damage progresses, the tendon can completely tear, sometimes with lifting a heavy object.
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Arthritis of the Shoulder
In 2011, more than 50 million people in the United States reported that they had been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, according to the National Health Interview Survey. Simply defined, arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. In a diseased shoulder, inflammation causes pain and stiffness. Although there is no cure for arthritis of the shoulder, there are many treatment options available. Using these, most people with arthritis are able to manage pain and stay active.
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Shoulder Bursitis & Tendinitis
Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that are located in joints throughout the body, including the shoulder. They act as cushions between bones and the overlying soft tissues, and help reduce friction between the gliding muscles and the bone. Sometimes, excessive use of the shoulder leads to inflammation and swelling of the bursa between the rotator cuff and part of the shoulder blade known as the acromion. The result is a condition known as subacromial bursitis. Bursitis often occurs in association with rotator cuff tendinitis. The many tissues in the shoulder can become inflamed and painful. Many daily activities, such as combing your hair or getting dressed, may become difficult. A tendon is a cord that connects muscle to bone. Most tendinitis is a result of a wearing down of the tendon that occurs slowly over time, much like the wearing process on the sole of a shoe that eventually splits from overuse. The most commonly affected tendons in the shoulder are the four rotator cuff tendons and one of the biceps tendons. The rotator cuff is made up of four small muscles and their tendons that cover the head of your upper arm bone and keep it in the shoulder socket. Your rotator cuff helps provide shoulder motion and stability.
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Dislocated Shoulder
The shoulder joint is the body's most mobile joint. It can turn in many directions. But, this advantage also makes the shoulder an easy joint to dislocate. A partial dislocation (subluxation) means the head of the upper arm bone (humerus) is partially out of the socket (glenoid). A complete dislocation means it is all the way out of the socket. Both partial and complete dislocation cause pain and unsteadiness in the shoulder. The doctor will place the ball of the upper arm bone (humerus) back into the joint socket. This process is called closed reduction. Severe pain stops almost immediately once the shoulder joint is back in place.
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. The condition occurs when one of the major nerves to the hand — the median nerve — is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist.In most patients, carpal tunnel syndrome gets worse over time, so early diagnosis and treatment are important. Early on, symptoms can often be relieved with simple measures like wearing a wrist splint or avoiding certain activities.If pressure on the median nerve continues, however, it can lead to nerve damage and worsening symptoms. To prevent permanent damage, surgery to take pressure off the median nerve may be recommended for some patients.
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Expert Physician


Clayton H. Riley, MD

Your Recovery is Our Reward


Our results shine brightest when spoken by the patients that have enjoyed full recovery in many cases. Their story can become your's as you get back to the life you want.

Dr. Martin is, without a doubt, the most skillful surgeon I have ever met. He is caring, professional, respectful and yet, humble. He worked so very hard to inform me of what to expect and to follow up with me after the surgery. You are not just another number with this incredible man, you are human and he treats you as such. I am truly blessed that my sister referred me to Dr. Martin and I will forever be grateful. I am walking without pain on a knee that has hurt so badly for 15 years! - Bryant, AR

5 years ago, Dr. Martin did my left total knee. The minute I knew surgery was imminent , the team verified my appointment, pre-op information, and stayed in contact with me. A total knee was so scary to me. My husband died of a knee infection 8 years before my first total knee. I researched and listened to others and found Dr. Martin, who had a 20 x better infection rate than the national average. So, when my right knee was ready to be done, I used the team that had proven themselves before. - Dee in Searcy, AR

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