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The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body and vulnerable to both traumatic injuries and wear-and-tear conditions caused by repetitive activities or heavy work. It must be anchored by muscles, tendons, and ligaments to remain stable. When disrupted, painful issues may arise such as fractures, tendinitis, infection, arthritis, impingement, frozen shoulder, instability, and other ailments.
Many shoulder conditions do not call for surgery and may be treated conservatively with physical therapy, injections, or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. Icing or heat may also be helpful to relieve discomfort.
A frequent shoulder pain complaint is a result of a rotator cuff tear. The rotator cuff is the part of the shoulder that allows us to lift and extend our arms. A tear in the rotator cuff can be more common with aging, sports, or professions requiring excessive overhead activity. Many people can have a tear without pain. Minimally invasive surgery is an option when physical therapy and injections do not improve the condition and/or when the pain affects your quality of life.
When surgery is necessary, some conditions may be treated with a minimally invasive technique called arthroscopy. For severely damaged shoulders, our experts perform shoulder replacements or reverse shoulder replacements where the normal ball and socket relationship is inverted to create a more stable joint with a fixed support.
The physicians at 360-ORTHOPEDICS have decades of experience in the entire spectrum of shoulder conditions and use the latest technology to evaluate and address the cause of your symptoms.