Conditions of the Shoulder

Arthritis

  • Arthritis of the Shoulder

    Simply defined, arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. In a diseased shoulder, inflammation causes pain and stiffness.

  • Osteoarthritis

    Osteoarthritis, also known as “wear and tear” arthritis, is a progressive disease of the joints.

Tendon and Muscle Injuries

  • Rotator Cuff Tears

    A rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults. In 2008, close to 2 million people in the United States went to their doctors because of a rotator cuff problem.

  • Biceps Tendon Tear at the Shoulder

    The biceps muscle is in the front of your upper arm. It helps you bend your elbow and rotate your arm. It also helps keep your shoulder stable.

  • SLAP Tears

    A SLAP tear is an injury to the labrum of the shoulder, which is the ring of cartilage that surrounds the socket of the shoulder joint.

  • Chronic Shoulder Instability

    The shoulder is the most moveable joint in your body. It helps you to lift your arm, to rotate it, and to reach up over your head. It is able to turn in many directions. This greater range of motion, however, can cause instability.

Nerve Conditions

  • Burners and Stingers

     A burner or a stinger is an injury to the nerve supply of the upper arm, either at the neck or shoulder

  • Brachial Plexus

    The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that originate near the neck and shoulder.

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a pain condition that is constant over a long period of time that is believed to be the result of dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous systems.

These conditions are usually diagnosed through clinicial in-office evaluation and with the help of a Nerve Conduction Study and EMG.

Fractures

  • Clavicle Fracture

    A broken collarbone is also known as a clavicle fracture. This is a very common fracture that occurs in people of all ages.

  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation

    Trauma to the shoulder is common. Injuries range from a separated shoulder resulting from a fall onto the shoulder to a high-speed car accident that fractures the shoulder blade (scapula) or collar bone (clavicle). One thing is certain: everyone injures his or her shoulder at some point in life.

  • Fracture of the Shoulder Blade

    Triangular, mobile, and protected by a complex system of surrounding muscles, the shoulder blade (scapula) is rarely broken. Scapula fractures represent less than 1% of all broken bones.

  • Shoulder Separation

    A shoulder separation is not truly an injury to the shoulder joint. The injury actually involves the acromioclavicular joint (also called the AC joint). The AC joint is where the collarbone (clavicle) meets the highest point of the shoulder blade (acromion).

Surgery

  • Shoulder Surgery

    Depending on the nature of the problem, nonsurgical methods of treatment often are recommended before surgery.

  • Rotator Cuff Repair

    Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff most often involves re-attaching the tendon to the head of humerus (upper arm bone).

  • Shoulder Arthroscopy

    Arthroscopy is a procedure that orthopaedic surgeons use to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems inside a joint.

  • Shoulder Joint Replacement

    Although shoulder joint replacement is less common than knee or hip replacement, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain.