Shoulder Surgery & Arthroscopy

Rotator cuff tears are some of the most common shoulder injuries today. Shoulder trauma, such as fractures or dislocations, are also very frequent. Sports-related motion that involves overhead motion, such as swimming, throwing, or weight lifting, can cause these types of injuries. However, they have also been known to occur in everyday situations, such as while dancing, or cleaning. Stiffness in the shoulder, or feelings that it might pop out of its socket are common indicators that an injury may have occurred. Consult a doctor if these feelings persist. Treatment options vary based on the severity of the injury, and include anti-inflammatory prescription drugs, cortisone shots, or exercises like wall push-ups. Surgery such as arthroscopy or joint replacements may be needed in cases of serious injury.


Elbow Surgery & Arthroscopy

Elbow injuries include fractures, dislocation, or tendinitis. Collisions and other similar stress can cause fractures and sprains, while tendinitis and tennis elbow can be caused by repetitive activity that places a lot of stress on the joint. For this reason, it is common to find these types of injuries among tennis and baseball players, or players of any sport that requires an overhead throwing motion. Persistent numbness, tenderness, or soreness in the elbow are typical symptoms of an injury. Arthroscopy or reconstructive surgery may be needed in serious cases, but many elbow problems will typically be solved with medication and/or physical therapy.

Rotator Cuff Tear

A rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults. Each year, almost 2 million people in the United States visit their doctors because of a rotator cuff problem.

A torn rotator cuff will weaken your shoulder. This means that many daily activities, like reaching for items or getting dressed, may become painful to do.

Description

When one or more of the rotator cuff tendons is torn, the tendon no longer fully attaches to the head of the humerus. In most rotator cuff tears, the tendon is torn away from the bone. Most tears occur in the supraspinatus tendon, but other parts of the rotator cuff may also be involved.Illustration of a rotator cuff tendon torn away from bone

In many cases, torn tendons begin by fraying. As the damage progresses, the tendon can completely tear, sometimes with lifting a heavy object.

There are different types of tears.

  • Partial/incomplete tear:┬áIt damages the tendon, but does not completely sever it.
  • Complete Tear: Complete seperation from the tendon to the bone. In a complete tear, there is basically a hole in the tendon.

Treatment

A rotator cuff tear can get larger over time if you continue you to use it without seeking treatment

The goal of any treatment is to reduce pain and restore function. There are several treatment options for a rotator cuff tear, and the best option is different for every person. In planning your treatment, your doctor will consider your age, activity level, general health, and the type of tear you have.

There is no evidence of better results from surgery performed near the time of injury versus later on. For this reason, physical therapy may be good choice to start out with. If physical therapy doesn’t work surgery is always an option.

Shoulder Joint Replacement

Shoulder joint replacement isn’t nearly as common as knee replacements but are just as effective at relieving pain in the shoulder joint area

If nonsurgical treatments like medications and activity changes are no longer helpful for relieving pain, you may want to consider shoulder joint replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure to relieve pain and help you resume everyday activities.Shoulder joint replacement

In shoulder replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial components, called a prosthesis.

To treat this your options are either replacement of just the head of the humerus bone (ball), or replacement of both the ball and the socket.

Shoulder Joint Replacement May Be Right For You If You Have:

  • Severe shoulder pain that interferes with everyday activities, such as reaching for items, dressing, and washing.
  • Moderate to severe pain while resting or sleeping
  • Loss of motion and/or weakness in the shoulder.
  • Failure to substantially improve with other treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, and/or physical therapy.

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