Of the more than 300 joints in the human body, the shoulder is one of the few that have a 360-degree radius of motion. It consists of more than 20 muscles and is responsible for activities requiring force, like doing a pushup or reaching for something heavy, and fine motor skills, such as brushing your teeth or applying makeup.
Because of this incredible range of motion, shoulder injuries require special care. In most cases, shoulder-related issues will respond to simple treatments and can be corrected without surgery. In the event that you require surgery, you want to be sure you’re working with talented physicians who have performed countless surgeries on the shoulder.
Obtaining a diagnosis
When you meet with your physician to discuss your care, a thorough evaluation will take place. In addition to reviewing your medical history and working to understand the current problem, your physician will conduct a physical exam and review any x-rays you might already have. If further information is necessary to make a diagnosis, your physician might recommend additional testing that could include an MRI, CT, bone scan, nerve test or lab work.
Common shoulder injuries
- Labrum tear
- Tendon tears
- Impingement syndrome
- Shoulder instability
- Recurrent dislocation
- Frozen shoulder
- Instability of the glenohumeral joint
Determining the best path to healing
The physicians at OID take a conservative approach to shoulder injuries and conditions. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, you know it can interfere with your daily living, but the good news is, in many cases, shoulder issues and conditions can be resolved without the need for surgery.
If your injury is the result of physical activity or strain, your physician likely will recommend a period of rest for the shoulder, with limited exercise. In addition, a physical therapy regimen combined with icing the area of concern can provide much-needed relief. Sometimes, medications to reduce inflammation can be prescribed to further facilitate the healing process.
When your pain or discomfort cannot be managed using physical therapy and rest, thus affecting your your quality of life, your physician may recommend surgery. Like most surgery, shoulder surgery isn’t to be taken lightly. Recovery includes keeping the joint immovable with bracing to prevent you from lifting over your head or reaching behind you, and then intense physical therapy is required to regain the incredible range of motion the shoulder provides.
When surgery is necessary
If your physician recommends surgery, you can rest assured that OID has highly qualified and distinguished professionals utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge procedures. Most shoulder surgery can be performed arthroscopically, which results in less soft tissue damage and improves recovery time.
Each person is unique and so is their treatment plan, but most commonly, our physicians help individuals with the following issues:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder decompressions
- Labrum repair
- Tendon/ligament repair
- Shoulder replacement
- Reverse total shoulder replacement