Shoulder pain is a common complaint, especially as patients age. There are numerous potential causes of shoulder pain. These include: soft tissue inflammation around the shoulder, such as bursitis or tendinitis; shoulder arthritis, where there has been irreversible damage to the cartilage within the shoulder joint itself; tears of the rotator “cuff” (the four tendons around the shoulder that allow movement of the ball and socket joint); tears of the glenoid labrum (the cartilage rim of the shoulder joint). Occasionally, shoulder pain will present as what is known as “referred” pain–this means that although the mind senses that the shoulder is hurting, the actual cause of the shoulder pain is not the shoulder itself. “Referred pain” can come from a pinched nerve in the cervical spine or neck area.
Dr. Davis routinely sees and evaluates patients with shoulder pain to initially help them locate the source or cause of the pain and then develop a treatment plan to address the shoulder problem and thereby alleviate the pain.
Surgical options for shoulder pathology include arthroscopy or arthroplasty (replacement surgery). Shoulder replacement surgery is an option for patients with severe arthritis of the shoulder that has failed to respond to appropriate conservative or non-operative treatment.
Dr. Davis routinely performs partial shoulder replacement, total shoulder replacement, and reverse total shoulder replacement surgery. These procedures allow patients previously disabled by painful arthritis to restore their quality of life.
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Surgery is most often performed to address tears of the rotator cuff tendons, but can also be used to treat torn ligaments…
Anatomy of the SHOULDER
The shoulder is a complex structure made of three separate joints. They work together to give the shoulder a tremendous range of motion.
This condition is an irritation or inflammation of the biceps tendon at the shoulder.
Burners and Stingers
These are warm or painful sensations caused by an injury to the brachial plexus.
Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder (Reactive Calcification)
This painful condition occurs when calcium deposits form in tendons of the rotator cuff. These tendons and surrounding tissues in the shoulder become inflamed.
Fractures of the Greater Tuberosity
This condition is a fracture of the bony bump that is located opposite of the head of the humerus. This type of fracture can interfere with the rotator cuff.
Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
This condition is a break of the scapula, the large, flat, triangular bone that contains the shoulder socket. Because the scapula is well protected by the muscles of the shoulder, scapula fractures are uncommon.
This condition is a traumatic fracture of the humeral head that leaves an indentation in the bone. This changes the shape of the humeral head and can interfere with normal arm motion.
Muscle Strain of the Upper Back (Trapezius Strain)
This common injury is a stretching or tearing of the trapezius. This large muscle group spans the upper back, shoulders and neck.
Proximal Humerus Fracture (Broken Shoulder)
This condition is a fracture of the head of the humerus – the “ball” of the shoulder’s ball-and-socket.
Rotator Cuff Tears
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that cover the head of the humerus and hold it securely inside the shoulder socket.
Total Shoulder Replacement
Total shoulder replacement is a procedure to replace the damaged cartilage within the shoulder joint in order to relieve pain.
Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Arthritis
This condition, also called AC joint arthrosis, is a degeneration of the joint at the top of the shoulder where the acromion meets the clavicle.
Biceps Tendon Rupture
This condition is a tear of one of the tendons that anchor the biceps muscle to the shoulder.
Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder (Degenerative Calcification)
This painful condition occurs when calcium deposits form in tendons of the rotator cuff.
Fracture of the Collarbone (Clavicle)
This condition occurs when a part of the clavicle, commonly called the collarbone, is fractured.
Fractures of the Shoulder Blade (Scapula)
This condition is a break of the scapula, the large, flat, triangular bone that contains the shoulder socket.
Glenoid Labrum Tears
This injury is a tear of the labrum, a thick band of cartilage that lines the rim of the glenoid (which is commonly called the shoulder socket).
Muscle Imbalance in the Shoulder
This condition is an abnormal relationship between the muscles that mobilize and the muscles that stabilize the joint.
Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder
Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, is a gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Shoulder
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease of the immune system. This is the system that protects you from infection.
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