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Shoulder Pain Treatment

Every time you use your arms, you move your shoulders. The shoulder joint has the greatest range of motion of any joint in your body. Shoulder injuries can develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, injury, or the aging process. The physicians at OSS Health are Board Certified and have specialized training to diagnose and treat shoulder problems, utilizing both non-operative and operative treatment options.

If you’re suffering from shoulder pain, we invite you to explore with us treatment options that are appropriate for your situation. Our Fellowship Trained Shoulder Surgeons use the latest techniques and advanced procedures to restore function and range of motion. Both Traditional and Reverse Shoulder Replacements are available at the OSS Orthopaedic Hospital.

Arthroscopic Procedures

Arthroscopic procedures are performed through small incisions using a camera to visualize the inside of the shoulder joint. A camera is inserted into one incision and small instruments through the other incisions. Arthroscopic procedures decrease the size of the surgical scar and the amount of pain after the operation and also speed up the rehabilitation after the operation.

Open Techniques

Open techniques are tried and true. The procedure uses larger incisions enabling the surgeon to look inside the shoulder joint. It may be better for certain procedures under certain circumstances. Your doctor will be able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of shoulder surgery to see which option is best for you.


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Shoulder Conditions

Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and is made up of a complex system of muscles, ligaments, and bones. Because the shoulder joint is so mobile it is also susceptible to various types of strains and injuries. In many cases, shoulder pain is the result of overexertion or muscle soreness and subsides within a few days with ice and rest.

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Rotator Cuff Tear

The rotator cuff consists of four muscles located at the back of the shoulder and attaches to the top of the shoulder. The rotator cuff helps hold the shoulder in its socket and maintains stability as the shoulder rotates and raises the arm. Rotator Cuff Tears can be caused by an accident or injury, such as a fall or direct impact onto the shoulder, or as the result of wear and tear of the shoulder.

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Shoulder Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the bones and soft tissues of the joints which causes the bones within the shoulder to rub together. While most people have heard of knee and hip arthritis, arthritis within the shoulder is also very common and can cause pain and symptoms similar to knee and hip arthritis. Shoulder arthritis often affects the older population but can also be the result of a prior shoulder injury or repeated dislocations of the shoulder.

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Shoulder Dislocation

A joint dislocation occurs when one or more of the bones within a joint is pushed forcefully out of its correct anatomical position and is common in the shoulder, elbow hip or knee. Most joint dislocations are caused by either an accident or a direct blow to the joint. It is important to seek immediate medical attention after a dislocation occurs as other trauma to the joint, ligaments or soft tissue may also have occurred. Attempting to relocate the joint yourself is dangerous and should not be attempted.

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Broken Clavicle (Collar Bone)

The clavicle sits between the ribcage and the shoulder blade and connects the arm to the body. In most cases, the clavicle (also called the collarbone) is fractured due to a fall onto an outstretched arm or direct blow to the shoulder. When the clavicle is fractured, the fracture itself is classified as either non-displaced (pieces of bone are near their normal anatomic position) or displaced (pieces of the bone are not near their normal anatomic position).

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Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (also known as adhesive capsulitis) occurs when the capsules that surround the shoulder joint begin to thicken and restrict motion in the shoulder. Frozen Shoulder Syndrome can be difficult because the pain may last for days or weeks at a time (freezing phase) and then resolve itself (thawing phase) only to return a few weeks or months later. Some research has shown that underlying conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism are at a higher risk to develop this condition.

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Shoulder Bursitis

Between the bones and joints of the shoulder and elbow are fluid-filled sacs, known as bursa, that help the bones and joints glide smoothly. When one or more of these bursa becomes impinged or inflamed it is referred to as bursitis. Bursitis is commonly caused by a bone spur in the shoulder or elbow irritating the bursa. Bursitis is common among those whose daily activities require repetitive overhead motions or lifting.

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Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement is a common cause of shoulder pain, especially for those whose daily routines require repetitive overhead movements such as lifting, painting or throwing. The condition occurs when the fluid-filled sacs (bursa) or the tendons of the shoulder become impinged or inflamed. Over time, this impingement can lead to the thinning of the tendons and increased risk for other injuries, such as rotator cuff tears.

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Shoulder Treatments

AC Joint Repair & Reconstruction
An AC Joint Repair/Reconstruction is a surgical procedure that is used to fix a separated AC joint. The goal of this procedure is to repair or reconstruct the torn AC joint ligaments using sutures, anchors, pins, plates or screws to create strength and stability in joint. Once the ligaments are repaired or reconstructed, the joint can move freely and easily without pain and other symptoms.

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Shoulder Arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy is a commonly performed minimally invasive procedure that treats many shoulder injuries. Modern surgical techniques and equipment allow the Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeons at OSS Health to perform shoulder surgeries that were once open procedures now through small incisions.

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Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

A Rotator Cuff Repair is a surgical procedure that is used to repair a partially or completely torn rotator cuff. The goal of this procedure is to repair the torn tendons using small sutures to create strength and stability in the tendon. Once the sutures are put in place, small anchors are used to reattach the tendon to its original position within the shoulder joint.

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Total Shoulder Replacement

Total Shoulder Replacement is a surgical procedure that removes osteoarthritic bone and replaces it with metal and plastic components. These components mimic the anatomy and function of a healthy shoulder so that you can return to activities without the pain caused by arthritis. Total Shoulder Replacement is very effective at restoring range of motion and improving quality of life. The procedure may be performed on an outpatient basis, although most times an overnight hospital stay is necessary.

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