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Sports Medicine Shoulder

Shoulder Sports Anatomy

  • The shoulder is a ball (humeral head) and socket (glenoid) joint, and it is the most mobile joint in the body. However, the socket (glenoid) is shallow, covering less than half of the ball (humeral head) and provides little stability....

Common Types of Injuries

  • Most shoulder damage involves the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, rather than bones which make it difficult to decide if the shoulder pain is from muscle soreness or a tendon injury....

Rotator Cuff Tear

  • The group of muscles and ligaments in the shoulder is called the rotator cuff. It is located near the under part of the shoulder blade and provides stability and range of motion to the joint whenever it moves....

Labral Tear

  • The socket of the shoulder joint is extremely shallow and inherently unstable. The shoulder joint has a ring of cartilage around the socket called a labrum that forms a deeper cup for the ball portion of the upper arm bone (humerus) to compensate for the shallow socket....

Bicep Tendon Rupture

  • A bicep tendon rupture occurs when the tendon attachment separates from the bone. After this happens the muscle cannot pull on the bone and certain movements may seem weak and painful....

Non-Surgical Treatment and Recovery

  • A bicep tendon rupture occurs when the tendon attachment separates from the bone. After this happens the muscle cannot pull on the bone and certain movements may seem weak and painful....

Shoulder Resurfacing

  • The alternative surgical option to total shoulder replacement is partial (hemi) shoulder resurfacing. Many surgeons consider this a more conservative procedure that can be less invasive than traditional total shoulder replacement....

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

  • If the ligament has been completely torn or if the patient is not healing from physical therapy, then the doctor may suggest a complete reconstruction of the ligament in order to prevent further damage and stabilize the shoulder....

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