Shoulder Surgery

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:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Dislocations
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Torn rotator cuffs
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder joint or socket fractures
  • Arthritis
  • 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.

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Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center - La Crosse Clinic
Call (608) 775-2276 or (608) 775-2276 or
  (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276 (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276
  1900 South Avenue
  La Crosse, WI 54601
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Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center - Onalaska Clinic
Call (608) 775-8600 or (608) 775-8600 or
  (800) 362-9567, ext. 58600 (800) 362-9567, ext. 58600
  3111 Gundersen Dr.
  Onalaska, WI 54650
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Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic
Call (608) 326-6466 (608) 326-6466
  610 East Taylor St.
  Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
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Gundersen Sparta Clinic
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  315 West Oak St.
  Sparta, WI 54656
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Gundersen Tomah Clinic
Call (608) 372-4111 (608) 372-4111
  1330 North Superior Ave.
  Tomah, WI 54660
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Gundersen Viroqua Clinic
Call (608) 637-4081 (608) 637-4081
  407 South Main St.
  Viroqua, WI 54665
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Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics Whitehall
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  (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276 (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276
  18606 Ervin St.
  Whitehall, WI 54773
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Gundersen Decorah Clinic
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  (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276 (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276
  1830 State Hwy. 9
  Decorah, IA 52101
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Palmer Lutheran Health Center
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  (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276 (800) 362-9567, ext. 52276
  110 Jefferson St.
  West Union, IA 52175
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