Shoulder injuries are common because the shoulder is the most complex joint in the body and has the greatest range of motion. Gundersen Health System has orthopaedic surgeons specially trained to diagnose and treat shoulder injuries.
The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. It moves every time you move your arm. The three main bones: collar bone, shoulder blade, and upper arm bone are held together by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Most often, shoulder problems involve the muscles, tendons, or ligaments and not the bones. Some of the most common shoulder problems include:
- Torn rotator cuffs
- Frozen shoulder
- Shoulder joint or socket fractures
- Broken collar bones
Shoulder injuries are most commonly overuse injuries caused by athletic activities such as swimming, tennis, or weight lifting that involve excessive, repetitive motion. People can also suffer injury doing tasks around the house or from a fall.
Surgery may be needed to treat a shoulder injury, but whenever possible Gundersen orthopaedic surgeons treat them with more conservative options such as:
- RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation)
- Medicines to reduce pain and swelling
- Physical therapy
- Avoiding certain activities
- Pain injections
If surgery is needed, some of the most common surgeries performed at Gundersen include:
- Shoulder arthroscopy: Small camera is used to repair tissue in and around the shoulder
- Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF): Surgically repairing a fractured bone
- Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair: Uses small, button-hole sized incisions
If you are suffering from shoulder pain, find a Gundersen orthopaedics location near you and talk with an orthopaedic specialist for your treatment options.