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Shoulder Care

The shoulder is a marvelous joint, representing a compromise between mobility and stability. While the shoulder must be mobile enough to allow ample arm movement, it also must be stable enough to permit the lifting and manipulation of objects. Due to this compromise, shoulder joints often suffer from problems not encountered with the hips. The medical experts at Onto Orthopedics can treat many types of rotator cuff tears, instability, and other varieties of shoulder joint damage. Please see the following articles to learn more or visit our "contact us" page.

Shoulder Injury Treatment- Plano and Dallas

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The shoulder has the widest range of motion of any joint in your body. Unfortunately, this high range of motion makes it easier to injure your shoulders. Minor shoulder aches and pains are common, however certain symptoms might be indicators of more serious shoulder problems. Symptoms of more severe shoulder injury include swelling, numbness, tingling, weakness, or a reduction in your range of motion. Often, basic self-treatments can reduce shoulder pain or stiffness.

When home treatment fails to relieve your pain, you might have a more serious shoulder issue. Typically these problems come in two types, acute and overuse injuries. Acute injuries might occur from falling on the associated arm, a direct hit to the shoulder, or an overextension of the shoulder joint. On the other hand, overuse injuries might only become obvious after a long while, especially if shoulder soreness is common in your daily routine. Onto Orthopedics offers various minimally invasive in-office and arthroscopic surgical solutions to help repair should injuries. The following are some common injuries and some of the solutions we offer:

Shoulder Injuries and Solutions

  • Acute Shoulder Injuries-  Some types of acute injuries include: Sprains to the shoulder ligaments, bruises, pulled muscles or strains, ligament damage, a torn rotator cuff (where tendons covering the shoulder joint are damaged), shoulder separation, and fractures to the shoulder bones. Nerve and blood vessel damage is typically indicated by a tingly feeling, numbness, a drop in arm temperature, weakness in the arm or discoloration. 
  • Overuse Shoulder Injuries- Overuse injuries are often indicated by inflammation of the pocket of fluid in the joint area (bursitis), inflammation of shoulder tendons (tendinitis), a muscle strain, or a stiff or frozen shoulder.

Shoulder Twinge Treatments- Exercises and More

Seek treatment for shoulder injuries!Shoulder injuries can occur frequently in athletes whose sport involves exorbitant, continuous, overhead motion of the shoulders like swimming [1], tennis, baseball, pitching (throwing) [2]. Daily activities like gardening, washing, hanging, lifting etc. can also lead to shoulder injuries. Take care that you don’t overlook any type of injury to the shoulder even if it begins with mild pain or discomfort. You may not realize it if this minor discomfort boils down to major chronic issue. Hence, early diagnosis is important in order to prevent grievous shoulder injury.

The shoulder joint is a complex joint comprised of different bones, muscles and ligaments. Due to its complexity, it can get injured in multiple ways. There are different types of shoulder injuries such as a rotator cuff tear, fracture of the collarbone, clavicular fracture, shoulder joint dislocation, fracture of the neck of the humerus, etc. These can give you a sharp pain or twinge in the shoulder region, taking away the free swinging motion of your arms.

Non-Steroidal Shoulder Pain Treatment

We offer comprehensive non steroidal treatmentsA continuous nagging pain at the shoulder could be due to an injury or an underlying disease of the shoulder joint. The shoulder is an extremely mobile joint which is always at the risk of an injury that could lead to complete instability of the joint.

There are varied approaches by different surgeons to treat shoulder pain. The objective of treatment is to prevent further injuries and ease discomfort, thus enabling easy movement. The line of treatment adopted mainly depends upon the cause and the severity of the condition. The initial treatment mainly consists of rest, ice packs, anti-inflammatory medication and physiotherapy. Steroids are also commonly used to reduce pain and inflammation.

Shoulder Injury Diagnostics

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Many experts argue that humans’ bipedal motion helped propel us to the top of the food chain thousands of years ago. In fact, our two-legged walk may have given us improved endurance over our nearest 4-legged competitors. It may be no coincidence that many megafauna (like the mammoth) became extinct around the time we began to hunt them.1 As a consequence, our arms and shoulders began to take on other functions that require a larger range of motion. Such a change necessitated a compromise that increased flexibility and decreased stability of the shoulder joint. Dallas shoulder surgeons today provide an invaluable service by restoring functionality to your damaged shoulders.

Shoulder Diagnostics

When examining your shoulder joints, a shoulder surgeon will typically manipulate the joint and check for common symptoms. These may include popping, soreness, redness, and a reduced range of motion of the joint. The surgeon may also ask about any accidents or injuries you’ve sustained in the past. For example, shoulder dislocations may increase your risk of future shoulder problems.2 By providing a detailed history, you can help point our team in the right direction from the beginning.

Rotator Cuff Treatments at Onto Orthopedics- Rotator Cuff Surgeon

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Rotator Cuff Injuries:

The shoulder joint permits a wide range of movement, allowing us to play sports like basketball, badminton, hockey and even ballet. It is formed by multiple bones including the humerus, collar bone and glenoid cavity of the shoulder blade, and muscles (especially the rotator cuff muscles and tendons). The rotator cuff is a sheath of muscles that wraps around the shoulder joint and is comprised of four muscles and their tendons. Together these help to stabilize the shoulder joint and ensure smooth movement. Unfortunately the rotator cuff is prone to several injuries and inflammation due to overuse of the shoulder joint.

Trauma/injury and degeneration are the two most common causes of rotator cuff injury. Injury to the rotator cuff causes tears in one or more tendons which attach to the head of the humerus (arm bone). It can result in either a partial tear or complete tear. These tears can be grouped into 2 categories:

-Acute tears usually happen in cases of lifting something heavy with a sudden jerk or falling on an outstretched arm.

-Degenerative tears occur when the tendon is slowly damaged over a long period of time. This usually occurs in the dominant hand (for example the right hand for a right handed person). The rotator cuff may degenerate with age because of decreased blood supply, secondary to aging. Hence, repair of the tendons becomes slow, making them more prone to tears.

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