Expert Treatment for All Shoulder and Elbow Conditions and Injuries
- Arthritis of the shoulder – The two common types of arthritis that can affect the shoulder are osteoarthritis (a degenerative condition, and the most common type) and rheumatoid, or inflammatory arthritis.
- Biceps tendonitis – Biceps tendonitis is a painful inflammation of the tendon (tough, fibrous connective tissue) that anchors the biceps muscle at the front of the shoulder.
- Clavicle fractures – A break in the clavicle, or collarbone, which extends across the top of the chest from the shoulder to the sternum, or breastbone. Clavicle fractures can be painful, but ordinarily heal well with minimal treatment.
- Dislocated shoulder – A sudden, forceful injury can sometimes push the upper arm bone, or humerus, partially or fully out of the shoulder socket where it normally rests – causing pain and unsteadiness of the joint.
- Flexor tendon injury – The biceps muscle is connected to the shoulder and elbow by strong tendons, which work with the muscle to flex the arm (bend it upward or inward). These tendons can sometimes be damaged through extreme stress or sudden injury.
- Frozen shoulder – When the ligaments joining the bones of the shoulder joint become inflamed, they can cause the shoulder to become stiff and difficult to move – “frozen.”
- Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) – Overuse or a sudden injury can cause inflammation and swelling of the tendons of the inner part of the elbow, resulting in tenderness, pain and stiffness.
- MCL tear – A blow or excessive sideways force to the elbow can cause the ligament at the inside of the elbow (medial collateral ligament, or MCL) to tear, with resulting pain, stiffness and limited motion.
- Rotator cuff tears – The rotator cuff is made up of several muscles and tendons that work together to hold the shoulder joint together and allow it to function. When one or more of the cuff’s tendons is damaged, even simple daily activities can become painful and difficult.
- Separated shoulder – A stretch or tear in one of the ligaments that join the shoulder blade (scapula) and collarbone (clavicle) can cause the joint to “separate” or loosen and become painful and unstable
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- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)– The tendons attaching the forearm muscles to the outer part of the elbow can become inflamed or damaged through overuse or a sudden injury, causing persistent tenderness, pain and stiffness.
- Thoracic outlet syndrome – Sometimes nerves and blood vessels can be compressed at the point where they pass through the “thoracic outlet” – a narrow space near the shoulder, where the collarbone and upper ribs meet. This can cause pain in the neck and shoulder, numbness or tingling of the fingers, and a weakened grip.