Your shoulder is a flexible joint that allows your arm to move in a wide range of directions. Unfortunately, the flexibility of your shoulder also makes it susceptible to issues that cause pain or affect mobility. The experienced orthopaedic physicians at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow, in Atlanta, Athens, and Marietta, Georgia, are experts in shoulder care. They use advanced tools and techniques to diagnose and treat shoulder problems. For expert care of your shoulder, call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.
Your shoulder is a flexible joint that allows you to raise, rotate, and twist your arm in many directions. This joint forms the connection between the upper arm bone, shoulder blade, and collarbone.
Cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons help keep the bones in place and support the full range of motion of your shoulder joint.
Any injury or disease that affects the bones or connective tissue that makes up your shoulder joint may affect normal structure and function.
There are many conditions that affect the shoulder. Some of the common problems the orthopaedic specialists see at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow include:
Tendonitis or bursitis
Repetitive movements of your shoulder may cause tendonitis or bursitis in your shoulder, which is inflammation of your tendons or bursa (fluid-filled sacs between soft tissue and bones).
Rotator cuff problems
Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles that covers the ball joint of your upper arm bone. There are many shoulder conditions that develop from rotator cuff problems, including muscle strains and tendon tears.
Dislocation of your shoulder joint may stretch the ligaments and muscles that keep the bones in place, causing joint instability.
Like other joints in your body, your shoulder is susceptible to various conditions that cause arthritis, including inflammation, pain, and limited range of motion in the joint.
A fall onto the shoulder or a collision may break one or more of the bones that make up your shoulder.
Impingement occurs when the top of your shoulder blade rubs against the rotator cuff, causing inflammation and pain that may affect mobility.
Sports injuries and workers’ compensation
Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow provides expert care for any shoulder problem related to sports injuries or work injuries covered by workers’ compensation.
Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow includes orthopaedic physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating shoulder problems. They create personalized plans based on your diagnosis, symptoms, and personal preferences.
Treatment for your shoulder problem may include:
The shoulder specialists also perform arthroscopic surgery to diagnose and treat shoulder problems. They perform many surgical procedures at their ambulatory surgery center, the Georgia Surgical Center on Peachtree.
Shoulder pain and immobility may make it hard for you to get dressed, brush your teeth, or perform daily tasks. For expert care, call Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow or book an appointment online today.