Shoulder And Elbow

The most flexible and portable joint in your body

By Kai Wade, Director of Communications & Social MediaLast modified: January 12, 2012

Shoulder And Elbow

The shoulder is the most flexible and portable joint in your body. In unification with your elbow, your shoulder allows you to move and rotate your arm in front, side, above your head and to the back of your body. When these two parts are working accurately, the large movements of the shoulder and elbow allow you to complete everyday activities with effortlessness.

There are two principal areas of the shoulder. The AC joint is located where the collarbone (clavicle) meets the tip of the shoulder bone (acromion). The scapulothoracic joint is the junction of the upper arm bone (humerus) with the shoulder blade (scapula).

Problems that arise in the shoulder area mostly involve the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, rather than the bones. Athletes are especially susceptible to shoulder problems that develop slowly through repetitive, intensive training routines.

On a daily basis people are injuring their shoulders and have a tendency to ignore the pain. This, however, does not alleviate the pain or provide a solution; it only aggravates the condition, and may possibly cause more problems. Often times, the extent of the injury is underestimated because steady pain, weakness in the arm, or limitation of joint motion will become almost second nature in daily routines.

The most common shoulder and elbow conditions comprise of: arthritis, fractures, sprains and strains, bursitis and tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, frozen shoulder, separated and dislocated shoulder, clavicle fracture (broken collarbone), and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis).

The elbow is a joint made up of three bones: humerus, radius, and ulna. It bends and straightens like a hinge. It is also important for rotation of the forearm; that is, the ability to turn our hands up or down.

Although not as common as severe arthritis of the hip, knee, or shoulder, rheumatoid arthritis of the elbow is among the most prevalent causes of severe pain and loss of function of the elbow. Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis involving one joint are likely to have involvement of other joints as well.

Elbow joint replacements are intended to relieve pain and restore function. The replacement is a meticulous technical process.

Live your life pain free. If you are experiencing shoulder or elbow pain consult with one of our highly skilled doctors today.

Elbow Arthroscopy

Elbow arthroscopy is an orthopedic surgical procedure performed by an orthopedic surgeon using tiny optical instruments and small incisions to visualize the inside structure of the elbow.

Shoulder Bankart Procedure

Shoulder bankart surgery is performed by an orthopedic surgeon to mend a specific area of shoulder tissue and ligaments known as the labrum. The surgery is named after the orthopedic surgeon Arthur Bankart because of his skill and expertise in the area of shoulder dislocations.

Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Arthritis shoulder pain can be short lived or continuous.  Therapy for simple shoulder pain includes resting the area, ice applications and medication to decease or alleviate the pain. Haunting shoulder pain can cause the joint to be tight, swollen, and reddened. Decreased shoulder movement and function, and impairment in shoulder range causing disability are typically the main reasons for shoulder replacement surgery.        

Rotator Cuff Surgery

A surgical procedure performed to correct any deviation in the web of muscles and tendons protecting the long bone in the upper extremity. Rotator cuff surgery falls under the division of orthopedics.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Surgery

A surgical procedure performed by an orthopedic surgeon using lighted instruments and tiny incisions allowing the surgeon better greater assessment and diagnosis.  During the arthroscopy the orthopedic surgeon is able to mend and correct damaged tissue.

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