Shoulder & Elbow Specialist

Orthopaedic Associates of New Orleans

Orthopedic Surgeons located in New Orleans, LA

Whether or not you play sports, your shoulder and elbow joints are prone to a vast array of injuries. The team of skilled orthopaedic surgeons at Orthopaedic Associates of New Orleans (OANO) treat all types of shoulder and elbow injuries at their practice in New Orleans. If you’re looking for experts in the field of shoulder and elbow injury repair, call or click online to schedule an appointment at Orthopaedic Associates of New Orleans today.

Shoulder & Elbow

What are common shoulder injuries?

Your shoulder is the most mobile joint in your body. From throwing a baseball to reaching above your head while getting dressed, this complex joint allows a wide range of movement in your arms.

This enhanced mobility leaves your shoulder vulnerable to many injuries, making it the second-most injured joint in your body, after your knee. The team at OANO has extensive experience diagnosing and treating a variety of shoulder injuries, such as:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations

What is a rotator cuff tear?

A rotator cuff tear is a common shoulder injury that affects about two million Americans per year. Your rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that attach your upper arm bone to your shoulder blade and allows you to lift and rotate your arm.

Your rotator cuff can tear completely or partially. This may happen suddenly, in a fall, or it can occur gradually over time.

How does an orthopedist diagnose and treat shoulder and elbow pain?

First, the physicians at OANO perform a comprehensive physical exam and review of your symptoms. They may test the range of motion and strength of your shoulder or elbow by asking you to move your arms in different directions.

You may need to get imaging tests, such as an on-site X-ray or MRI scan. These tests provide your doctor with valuable information that provides for an accurate diagnosis.

The treatment depends on the severity of your condition. Often, shoulder and elbow injuries heal with simple remedies, such as:

  • Medication
  • Injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest and home care

If your injury is severe or doesn’t improve with treatment, your physician may recommend surgery. The surgeons at OANO are skilled in the most advanced shoulder surgery techniques, including:

  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • Arthroscopic labral repair
  • Total shoulder replacement
  • Shoulder resurfacing
  • Shoulder arthroplasty

If you’re experiencing severe shoulder or elbow pain, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Orthopaedic Associates of New Orleans today.