Frequently Asked Questions Orthopedic SurgeonIf you are suffering from a painful shoulder injury or condition, the odds are that you may have some questions about what might be going on with your shoulder, and your treatment options. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about painful injuries and conditions of the shoulder. If you have additional concerns, don’t hesitate to contact the board-certified orthopedic surgeons at the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence for a consultation.

What does an orthopedic surgeon do?

Orthopedic surgeons treat injuries and conditions that mainly affect the musculoskeletal system. They use both surgical and non-surgical methods to treat sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders. The team of shoulder specialists at the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence consists of several orthopedic surgeons specializing in the treatment of shoulder injuries.

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What are the signs that a shoulder injury is present?

Though many shoulder injuries can be attributed to a specific event, such as from a fall or impact to the arm, chronic conditions of the shoulder joint can develop gradually. Pain in your shoulder, upper arm, and/or back may indicate an injury to one or more of the structures (bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage) within your shoulder joint. Typically, a shoulder injury will limit the range-of-motion of the arm and shoulder. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your shoulder that seems to be getting worse with time, or is not going away after a specific painful incident involving the shoulder, contact one of our expert orthopedic surgeons for a consultation to determine the extent of your injury and available treatment options.

What are the common causes of shoulder pain?

The glenohumeral joint of the shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that allows for great range-of-motion of the arm. This flexibility, however, makes our shoulder joint highly susceptible to injury. Muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage stabilize the bones that make up our shoulder girdle and provide cushioning to protect against abnormal or repetitive motions. When one or more of the structures within the shoulder becomes irritated or damaged, even the slightest movements of the upper arm may cause significant discomfort. Common causes of shoulder pain seen by our team of shoulder surgeons include:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Tendinitis
  • Cartilage tears
  • Impingement
  • Biceps tendon injuries
  • Shoulder instability (chronic and acute dislocation)
  • Arthritis
  • AC joint separation (shoulder separation)

What is arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery is an advanced surgical technique. It consists of a minimally invasive procedure used by orthopedic surgeons to diagnose and treat problems within joints. During shoulder arthroscopy, a camera-equipped device called an arthroscope is slipped through a tiny incision in the shoulder. The arthroscope provides live video-feed from within the joint to a monitor in the operating suite.  Other small surgical instruments allow the surgeon to remove damaged tissue or repair torn muscle, ligaments, and tendons inside the joint with unparalleled precision. The orthopedic surgeons at the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence are renowned experts in arthroscopic shoulder surgery and are experienced in using this method to resolve a variety of shoulder injuries.

What makes the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence unique?

The Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence at La Peer Health Systems provides a world-class team of medical and surgical specialists for the care of our patients. As a result of our unique, personalized care and attentive environment, our patients experience excellent results. Our multi-million dollar facility boasts the most advanced technology available, along with a first-class support staff. Our goal is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for every patient. Our promise is to make our patients the top priority and be with them every step of the way.

What if I have questions or concerns about a shoulder condition or injury?

Every patient is provided with a thorough personal assessment that enables our health care team to evaluate, implement, and monitor your care, as well as answer your questions. For more information regarding our services, please contact the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence at (888) 847-0357.

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