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Definition: Painful, stiff shoulder due to inflammation and tightening of the ligaments connecting the bones of the shoulder. Symptoms: Severe pain and limitations in range of motion, particularly reaching behind the back. Nonoperative Treatment: Anti-inflammatory pills, cortisone injections, and physical…
Definition: The loss of cartilage from the surface of the bones causing inflammation and pain. Symptoms: Pain and stiffness. Nonoperative Treatment: Anti-inflammatory pills, physical therapy, and cortisone injections. Operative Treatment: Arthroscopic removal of bone spurs and removal of the end…
Definition: Arthritis of the glenohumeral joint in the patient under the age of 60. A concern considering the limited lifespan of any total joint replacement. Symptoms: Pain and stiffness. Nonoperative Treatment: Physical therapy and cortisone injections. Operative Treatment: Individualized and…
Definition: Inflammation along the course of the biceps tendon. Symptoms: Pain running down the front of the shoulder along the biceps. Nonoperative Treatment: Physical therapy and cortisone injections are very successful. Operative Treatment: Biceps tenodesis is effective in reducing the…
Definition: Accumulation of calcium within the rotator cuff tendon causing pain. Symptoms: Severe pain along the top and side of the shoulder, often causing people to seek treatment in the emergency room. Nonoperative Treatment: Cortisone injections to try to break…
Definition: A break is the same as a fracture. The bone becomes discontinuous due to trauma and, on rare occasions, from neoplasms. Symptoms: Pain that is often accompanied by swelling and ecchymosis (black and blue) Nonoperative Treatment: If the bones…
The Dislocated Shoulder, Instability and Labral Tears Definition: A loose or painful shoulder due to detachment of the labrum . from the glenoid. Symptoms: When the labral tear is towards the bottom of the socket, people will have a loose…
Rotator Cuff Arthropathy and the Reverse Shoulder Replacement Definition: Arthritis caused by a large rotator cuff tear. Symptoms: Pain and loss of active motion about the shoulder. Nonoperative Treatment: Physical therapy and occasional cortisone injections. Operative Treatment: Arthroscopic debridement of…
Definition: Inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons is called rotator cuff tendonitis and is often caused by impingement upon the rotator cuff tendon by a hooked acromion. Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa which lies between the acromion and rotator…
Definition: A shoulder separation occurs when the ligaments connecting the clavicle (collar bone) to the scapula (shoulder blade) tear. Symptoms: Pain on the top of the shoulder and occasionally a bump on top of the shoulder. Nonoperative Treatment: A sling…