As the most movable joint in the body, the shoulder is susceptible to injury.
The ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket and is anchored by your ligaments, muscles and tendons. This structure gives the joint versatility but also makes it prone to problems.
The shoulder consists of three bones: humerus (upper arm bone), scapula (shoulder blade) and clavicle (collar bone).
The rotator cuff attaches the upper arm to the shoulder and gets its name from the group of muscles and tendons that form a cuff around the shoulder joint.
When there is an issue with just one of these areas, you can experience difficulty with range of motion and differing levels of discomfort or pain.
We treat conservatively, and surgery is a last resort or used only when necessary.
We want you to enjoy as active a life as you can, so we often try physical therapy and non-narcotic medications first.
We can help with:
- Broken bones (fractures)
- Cartilage injuries
- Frozen shoulder
- Rotator cuff repair
- Standard and reverse shoulder replacement
- Shoulder joint resurfacing
- Total shoulder revision
- Workers compensation injuries
Many people suffering from shoulder pain, arthritis, stiffness and limited movement undergo total shoulder replacement surgery to alleviate their symptoms.
Depending on your condition, the surgeon will perform a standard or reverse shoulder replacement surgery.
Standard Shoulder Replacement
In a standard surgery, the metal ball attaches to the upper part of the humerus. The new socket attaches to the shoulder blade. This more closely follows a person's real anatomy.
Reverse Shoulder Replacement
In a reverse total shoulder replacement, a surgeon removes the rounded head of the upper arm bone. A plastic socket is attached to the remaining bone using screws and special tools.
The surgeon also removes part of the socket of the shoulder blade.
This is then replaced with a metal ball. The metal ball can then move around inside the socket that attaches to the upper arm bone.