Shoulder Treatment

The shoulder is a particular group of structures in the region of the joint. The shoulder joint is the main joint of the shoulder. In addition, a ball and socket joint allows the arm to rotate circularly or hinge out and up away from the body.

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The shoulder joint is one of the most complex structures in the body. The shoulder joint forms where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the scapula (shoulder blade), thus creating a ball and socket. The loose-fitting humerus gives the shoulder a wide range of motion but also makes it prone to injury.

The three important bones in the shoulder are the following:

  • The acromion - bony projection off the scapula
  • The clavicle (collarbone) - meets the acromion in the acromioclavicular joint
  • The coracoid - hook-like bony projection from the scapula

The other important structures found in the shoulder:

  • The rotator cuff - a collection of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder, giving it support and allowing a wide range of motion
  • The bursa - a small sac of fluid that cushions and protects the rotator cuff
  • The labrum - cartilage formed like a cup for the ball-like head of the humerus to fit into
  • Frozen Shoulder - Inflammation of the shoulder causing pain & stiffness. As the condition worsens, movement in the shoulder can be greatly limited.
  • Rotator Cuff Tear - A tear in one of the muscles surrounding the top portion of the humerus. It's commonly attributed to sudden injury or steady overuse.
  • Shoulder Rheumatoid Arthritis - A condition when the immune system attacks the shoulder joint(s), causing pain & inflammation.
  • Shoulder Bursitis - An inflammation of the small sac of fluid known as the bursa that lays over the rotator cuff tendons. Some symptoms include pain in the upper or outer arm during overhead activities.
  • Shoulder Dislocation - When the humerus or another shoulder bone slips out of position, and a pain and popping sensation is evident when the arm is raised.
  • Shoulder Impingement - The acromion (edge of the scapula) impacts the rotator cuff as the arm is lifted, causing shoulder pain & discomfort.
  • Shoulder Labral Tear - Usually caused by an accident or overuse. Most labral tears heal without the need for surgery.
  • Shoulder Osteoarthritis - The common "wear-and-tear" that occurs with aging.
  • Shoulder Tendonitis - An inflammation in one of the tendons in the shoulders rotator cuff.
  • Corticosteroid (Cortisone) Injections - An injection performed by an orthopedic doctor helps relieve inflammation & pain in the shoulder due to arthritis and bursitis. The effects of the cortisone injection can last several weeks.
  • Shoulder Surgery - Generally performed to help make the shoulder more stable. Shoulder surgery can be arthroscopic.
  • Arthroscopic Surgery - The orthopedic surgeon performs a small incision in the shoulder to treat the joints’ condition. A tiny camera called an arthroscope aids in the procedure along with pencil-sized tools. Shoulder arthroscopy shows to have a much faster recovery time than open surgery.
  • Physical Therapy.
  • Medications that help reduce pain & inflammation.

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