Some of the more common shoulder injuries addressed by our surgeons include:
• Impingement and partial rotator cuff tears.
The rotator cuff is comprised of muscles and tendon that connect upper arm and shoulder blade. Repeated overhead use of the arm cause spurs that trap rotator cuff tendon above the shoulder. When this happens, doctors remove the spurs and repair cuff damage.
• Full-thickness rotator cuff tears.
The rotator cuff is comprised of muscles and tendon that connect the upper arm and shoulder blade. Causes of tears include lifting a heavy object, overuse, a fall or gradual weakening due to impingement. A complete rotator cuff tear will not heal. So, a surgeon must reattach the torn tendon to the arm bone.
Many shoulder breaks need nothing more than a sling or brace and time to heal. However, severe fractures may require surgery. Typical procedures include repair of a collar bone or head of the arm bone. The latter may call for joint replacement using artificial materials.