Allowing a full 180-degree range of motion on three different planes, the shoulder is a truly extraordinary joint. It is a complex structure made of three separate joints, working together to give you a tremendous range of motion. Yet, it is often true that the more a joint can do, the more can go wrong — and so the more specialized treatment it requires. Florida Orthopaedic Institute physicians have the expertise and experience to provide comprehensive care of the shoulder including nonsurgical treatments, arthroscopic, and open surgeries.
Since your shoulder is such a complicated part of your body, there are many conditions at can affect it. The following helps provide you with an overview of some of the more common shoulder ailments.
Bursitis or Tendinitis
Overuse injuries from continually over-exerting activities are the some of the major cause of bursitis or tendinitis. Overuse injuries are commonly found in individuals who play competitive sports, but can also be related to repetitive activities such as painting or stocking shelves. The overuse activities cause friction and scraping of the rotator cuff and its nearby joints. Bursitis or tendinitis is cared for by moderating and reducing the activity, along with a rehabilitation program prescribed by a Florida Orthopaedic Shoulder specialist.
Shoulder impingement is typically found in athletes that regularly do over-the-head motions. If medical expertise is consulted and treated in the early stages, shoulder impingement can be corrected in a conservative nonsurgical manner. Delaying consultation can result in more damage to the impingement. If you are experiencing pain while performing an overhead activity, consult a Florida Orthopaedic Institute specialist as soon as possible. If this condition is detected early on, adjusting the associated activity including prescribed physical movements/exercises and, possibly, a cortisone injection may return you to your normal activity. If this is not successful, surgery may be required.
Rotator Cuff Tear
A significant injury, such as falling, can cause a rotator cuff tear. Rotator cuff tears can also be caused by a prolonged breakdown or degeneration of the associated tendon. Symptoms may include a radiating pain from your shoulder down your arm, pain while sleeping on the affected side, or weakness of your arm while attempting to perform daily activities. The more the pain worsens, the more it probably indicates that the tear is getting larger. If you experience these or similar symptoms, it’s important that you consult with a Florida Orthopaedic Institute surgeon who specializes in this area. Your surgeon will likely recommend an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to confirm and identify the extent of the injury.
If identified early on, nonsurgical treatment may care for your rotator cuff tear. Prescribed under the care of your Florida Orthopaedic Institute surgical specialist, nonsurgical care may include anti-inflammatory medicine, cortisone injections and physical therapy. If your tear is significant and has not responded to a nonsurgical care approach, surgery will probably be recommended. The goal of our shoulder specialists is to collaborate and work with you to relieve your pain and restore your strength.
Fractured collarbones typically occur in children or people who fall on the side of their shoulder. Most these injuries can be cared for nonsurgically with a sling and/or splint. If the injury is found to be a severely displaced fracture or joint separation, you may need require surgery. At Florida Orthopaedic Institute, we have physicians who specialize in providing comprehensive care of the shoulder, including fractured collarbones.
Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Shoulder
Osteoarthritis strikes when the shoulder joint wears thin. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by inflammation of the lining of the joint that that ultimately destroys the lining of the joint due to the chemicals produced. Degeneration and tearing of the tissues can also result.
If you have pain in your shoulder that limits your motion, your Florida Orthopaedic Institute shoulder specialists may recommend replacing the head of the bone or the entire socket. As always, your surgeon will discuss the best treatment options for your situation.Learn more about shoulder replacement
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The following Florida Orthopaedic Institute physicians specialize in Shoulders:
Common Shoulder Conditions
- Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Arthritis
- Biceps Tendinitis
- Biceps Tendon Rupture
- Burners and Stingers
- Fracture of the Collarbone (Clavicle)
- Fracture of the Shoulder Socket (Glenoid Fracture)
- Fractures of the Greater Tuberosity
- Fractures of the Shoulder Blade (Scapula)
- Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
- Glenoid Labrum Tears
- Hill-Sachs Lesion
- Loose Shoulder (Multi-Directional Instability)
- Muscle Imbalance in the Shoulder
- Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder
- Proximal Humerus Fracture (Broken Shoulder)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Shoulder
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Shoulder Dislocations
- Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
- Shoulder Separation
- SLAP Tear (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior Tear)
- Snapping Scapula Syndrome
- Subacromial Bursitis
- Suprascapular Neuropathy
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Winged Scapula
Common Shoulder Procedures
- Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Separation Repair
- Arthroscopic Bankart Repair
- Arthroscopic Capsular Plication
- Arthroscopic Capsular Release
- Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
- Biceps Tenodesis
- Distal Clavicle Excision (Resection, Arthroscopic Technique)
- Glenohumeral Debridement
- HemiCAP Resurfacing
- Intracapsular (Glenoid) Injection
- Mini-Open Rotator Cuff Repair
- ORIF Surgery for Proximal Humerus Fracture
- Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
- Shoulder Impingement Surgery
- Shoulder Resurfacing
- SLAP Repair
- Subacromial Injection
- Suprascapular Nerve Block (Fluoroscopically Guided)
- Total Shoulder Replacement