the shoulder is one of the bodys most mobile joints,
it is susceptible to certain injuries and conditions. These
problems may progress over time, or a sudden action may result
in an immediate injury. Most treatments are usually conservative
and non-invasive, but surgery may be indicated in some cases.
Through surgery, our physicians are able to find the cause
of the problem and treat it at the same time.
conditions associated with the shoulder are:
Rotator Cuff Tear
Syndrome, Bursitis or Tendinitis
Impingement Syndrome can result from repeated overhead shoulder
movement. This can cause aching and inflammation in the shoulder
area as well as constant pain. With continued use, the pain
may persist. When the tendons that connect muscle to bone
in the shoulder become irritated, the area may develop tendinitis.
Fluid may fill the bursa, resulting in bursitis. Treatments
for Impingement Syndrome may include ice, heat, medication,
physical therapy and injection therapy. If the patient's pain
is not decreased to within their tolerance by conservative
measures, then arthroscopic surgery may be indicated.
Severe impingement or tendinitis can result in a tearing of
the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a network of muscles
and tendons that attaches the upper arm to the shoulder blade.
When these muscles and tendons are damaged or inflamed, it
can become painful. Treatment follows a conservative approach
for impingement with further diagnostic testing such as MRI
if indicated. A discussion of the risks, benefits and alternatives
of rotator cuff tear treatment helps the patient decide if
they want non-operative treatment, open repair or arthroscopic
Dislocation of the shoulder or an unstable joint could result
in a labrum tear. The labrum is a ring of cartilage that attaches
to capsule to the shoulder socket region, which provides stability.
When this is damaged, you may experience popping
or catching in the shoulder. Depending on your
level of activity and age non-operative or operative care
may be recommended. Surgery allows our physicians to identify
the torn labrum and repair it.
The cartilage covering the bone may become damaged after an
injury or with age. Grinding, stiffness, pain, and difficulty
with use may result. Treatment options may include medication,
physical therapy, and in severe cases, shoulder replacement