Shoulder and Elbow Care
The shoulder joint is a very mobile and complex joint and because of this mobility is prone to injury. When pushing, pulling, reaching, and swinging our arms, the shoulder joint is used. Even simple tasks like getting dressed in the morning involves the use of the shoulder. In fact, after knees, shoulders are one of the most commonly injured joints. Because of their complexity, a variety of conditions can develop that lead to pain and disability. Common diagnoses range from simple bursitis and tendonitis, to rotator cuff tears or arthritis. Many of these problems can be successfully treated with medicine, shots, or physical therapy but sometimes surgery is needed. OANO physicians are experts in the full spectrum of shoulder surgery, including the latest techniques of arthroscopic rotator cuff and labral repairs, to total shoulder replacements, shoulder resurfacing, and reverse shoulder arthroplasty.
While elbow injuries are less common, they too can be very painful and debilitating. Weekend warriors to professional athletes are susceptible to common problems such as tennis and golfer’s elbow. Occasionally, fractures or ligament injuries are suffered. Most elbow problems can be addressed conservatively with medicine or physical therapy but occasionally, surgery is required to restore function.