Taking Care of Your Shoulders

Shoulder injuries are some of the most common reasons patients seek out help from orthopedic specialists. While many shoulder injuries seem to appear without an apparent cause, athletes who participate in sports with repetitive shoulder movements, such as pitching in baseball, can usually attribute their injury to their sport. At Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, AOSMI, our team includes a number of experts in shoulder treatment and therapy, joint replacement and shoulder arthroscopy surgery. This wide range of available options means that any shoulder issue, from discomfort and minor inconvenience to a mobility compromising condition, will receive the best available treatment at AOSMI from the most talented staff in the field.

As with any injury, it is important to determine exactly what structures are involved and how severe is the injury. Most common shoulder conditions treated at AOSMI include:

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis, Bursitis and Tears: The rotator cuff is the most important structure involved in lifting and using the arm for overhead activity, opening doors, or repetitive activities such as sweeping or raking.

Labral Tears: The labrum is a stabilizing structure to which the biceps attach. Labral tears causes pain during activities like throwing, reaching with your arm or even sleeping. SLAP tears, labral tears involving the biceps tendon, can often cause pain running down the arm.
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Non-operative treatments for shoulder injury

The shoulder injury specialists at AOSMI offer many conservative treatments including rehabilitative care. With our onsite physical therapy center, your shoulder injury specialists works closely with our physical therapists to provide you with a coordinated program of medical and rehabilitation care aimed at getting you back in action. Other conservative treatment options include:

Manual treatments, such as physical therapy, massage and acupuncture
Steroids, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections
Non-steroidal anti0inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
Bracing

Shoulder Surgery Options

When surgery is determined necessary, AOSMI’s Board-Certified, Sports Medicine Fellowship Trained Surgeons are specialized in the most advanced surgical techniques, including minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery, to offer you the best corrective surgery for your injury. Common surgical procedures include:

Rotator Cuff Tear Repair: Shoulder arthroscopy surgery allows our shoulder surgery specialists to reattach the torn edges of the rotator cuff to the bone with the use of sutures and suture anchors. Rotator cuff surgery has a high success rate, allowing athletes and non-athletes to return to their sports and daily activities faster and stronger.

Labral Tear Repair: Shoulder arthroscopy attaches the labrum back to the bone through a small incision, which should shorten recovery time and reduce pain. Your surgeon will also fix any concurrent biceps injury at the same time as the labrum is reattached. After a successful labral repair, you can return to full activity.

After your injury has healed, it is important to take proper care of your shoulders. Be sure to warm up before any exercise and try to avoid repetitive motions.

If you suffer from pain in your shoulder or are concerned that your shoulder mobility is limited, set up an appointment today with AOSMI’s shoulder specialists – 732-720-2555.

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