Many shoulder problems are caused by the degeneration or breakdown of soft tissues in the shoulder area. The breakdown can be due to age or can be accelerated by performing manual labor or playing sports.
Shoulder injuries are often first treated with the RICE method:
Rest: Don’t use your shoulder for 48 hours.
Ice: Put an ice pack on the injured area for 20 minutes, 4-8 times per day.
Compression: Apply even pressure on the painful area to help reduce the swelling. A wrap or bandage can help hold the shoulder in place.
Elevation: Keep the injured area above the level of your heart. A pillow under the shoulder can help keep it up.
The doctors at Greater Austin Orthopaedics see patients with a wide variety of shoulder issues, including:
Sometimes treatment can include physical therapy or medication, other times surgery is necessary. Your physician at Greater Austin Orthopaedics will discuss the options available and determine if shoulder surgery is right for you.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition that causes gradual erosion of the cartilage surface of the ball and socket shoulder joint. Typically, several other joints in the body can be affected.
Total Shoulder Replacement
Most shoulder surgeries are performed either as arthroscopy or as open surgical procedures. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique using pencil-thin instruments to access the joint through small incisions in the skin. The surgeon performs the repairs while watching a video feed from inside the body so that he can see the interior of the joint and check the progress.
Open surgery — where the body is opened up to allow the surgeon access to the joint — is the traditional method of surgical shoulder treatment.
Your orthopedic shoulder specialist may recommend surgery if your shoulder pain and loss of function and mobility are having a negative impact on your life. Also, if medications or additional therapies aren’t showing any improvement, the doctor may recommend surgery to address the condition.
If you’ve had an injury or have been experiencing pain, weakness, numbness, stiffness, or swelling in your shoulder, call today, or schedule an appointment online with one of our orthopedic shoulder specialists.