Treatment for Shoulder Conditions
At Washington Township Medical Foundation Orthopaedics, we address a range
of shoulder injuries and conditions. Our team is proud to offer innovative
care and solutions, ensuring optimal patient outcomes. We believe in giving
our Fremont patients top-quality care and treatment for all types of shoulder problems.
Learn more about our shoulder treatments:
Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Repair & Reconstruction – The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is found between the acromion
and clavicle bones. When injuries occur at the AC joint, it is usually
due to trauma such as a fall. Your doctor can perform an arthroscopic
or traditional procedure to repair / reconstruct this joint if needed.
AC Joint Reconstruction – A common cause of AC joint injuries is involvement in contact
sports including soccer, football, and rugby. This injury can also be
called a separated shoulder, which is different than a dislocated shoulder.
Remedies for AC joint injuries may include physical therapy strengthening
exercises, or may require surgery.
AC Joint Surgery – Surgery to the AC joint can occur arthroscopically or using a
traditional open procedure. Arthroscopic surgeries are minimally invasive
and protect the patient from many of the risks associated with traditional
procedures, which require larger incisions.
Adhesive Capsulitis / Frozen Shoulder – This condition, also known as frozen shoulder, involves the inflammation
of the shoulder capsule resulting in excess tissue production, which can
cause stiffness and loss of mobility. The cause of this condition is not
known. Treatment options may include medications, physical therapy, and surgery.
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair – The rotator cuff is the name used to describe a number of tendons
and muscles that serve to support the shoulder joint. When these tendons
and muscles are damaged due to an injury or strain from overuse, it can
cause inflammation, weakness, and significant pain. In some cases, surgical
repair may be necessary.
Broken Collarbone – Clavicle fractures are often caused by severe blows including
those caused by car accidents. In some cases, the break may heal on its
own with support from a shoulder sling, accompanied by anti-inflammatory
medications and rest. In other cases, surgery may be necessary. Seek medical
attention immediately if you have broken your collar bone.
Shoulder Instability – Loose shoulder joints often occur after serious injuries, resulting
in slipping and dislocation, which may cause arthritis over time. Two
examples of common arthroscopic surgical procedures used to remedy shoulder
instability are capsular shift and Bankart repair.
Labral Injury – The labrum is a layer of cartilage that blankets the shoulder
socket, providing stabilization to the joint. The labrum can be torn,
either by injuries or repetitive movements. Shoulder pain or “popping”
can be signs of a labral injury such as a SLAP lesion or Bankart lesion.
Labral Repair – Pain management coupled with physical therapy can be an effective
treatment for many labral injuries, but in other cases, surgery may be
necessary. In a labral repair procedure, your doctor will attempt to remedy
an unstable shoulder using staples, sutures, or anchors. In most cases,
this is a minimally invasive, arthroscopic procedure involving a tiny
incision. Some cases involving significant labral tears may require a
traditional open surgery.
Shoulder Arthroscopy – Minimally invasive techniques such as arthroscopy allow patients
to return to their normal lives faster after surgery with better results
and less risk of complications. Arthroscopic procedures use tiny incisions,
into which an arthroscope—a small fiber-optic device—facilitates
the procedure. Some shoulder arthroscopy procedures include treatments
for labral tears, rotator cuff tears, biceps tendonitis, AC joint arthritis,
and impingement syndrome.
Shoulder Dislocation – Shoulder dislocation occurs when the humerus or arm bone becomes
removed from the shoulder socket. Symptoms may include pain, instability,
weakness, bruising, numbness, and swelling. See your doctor if you believe
your shoulder has been dislocated.
Shoulder Impingement – A common cause of shoulder pain is known as impingement, which
occurs when soft tissue is impinged in the joint. Causes or contributing
factors involved in this condition may include ligament calcification,
rotator cuff tears, bone spurs, misshapen acromion, rotator cuff tendonitis,
and bursitis. Patients with this condition experience pain, weakness,
and loss of mobility. This disorder can be chronic. Your doctor will most
likely recommend a conservative treatment approach combining rest, physical
therapy, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
SLAP Lesion Repair – The glenoid labrum is susceptible to an injury called a Superior
Labral tear / lesion from Anterior to Posterior—or the “SLAP”
tear. In almost all cases, this injury will require surgery in order for
the shoulder to properly heal. The surgery is quick and can be accomplished
using minimally invasive techniques for a small incision and faster recovery time.