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Shoulder

The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body which also makes it one of the most potentially unstable joints. It can be easily injured during sporting activities and manual labor, however, the primary source of shoulder problems appears to be the natural age-related degeneration of the surrounding soft tissues such as those found in the rotator cuff. 

Early diagnosis and treatment is crucial when any pain, weakness or restriction of movement is noticed. To reduce the potential for more serious problems, early diagnosis and treatment is crucial.

Shoulder injuries and conditions

  • Shoulder pain - any pain in or around the shoulder joint
  • Fractures
  • Shoulder dislocation – occurs when the top part of arm bone slips out of its socket
  • Shoulder separation - disruption or weakening of the shoulder ligaments
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis - inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the tendons of the shoulder
  • Bursitis - inflammation of a fluid-filled sac, or bursa, that lies between tendon and skin or tendon and bone
  • Rotator cuff tear – torn shoulder tendon
  • Impingement syndrome - tendons trapped under the acromion, the rigid bony arch of the shoulder blade
  • Frozen shoulder - shoulder is painful and cannot move normally because of inflammation
  • Arthritis - gradual narrowing of the shoulder joints and loss of protective cartilage
  • Subluxation

Treatment

  • Shoulder replacement
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Rotator cuff repair

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