• Shoulder Surgery

  • At OrthoColorado Hospital, our physicians are experts in treating your shoulder pain.

    The very fact that the shoulder is the most movable and flexible joint in the body also means it is one of the most fragile. Shoulder problems and pain can arise from either chronic wear or sudden injury - and these problems can be extremely painful and left untreated, life altering. Many chronic shoulder problems can be traced to over-use motions - typically repeated overhead movements that may be common in certain occupations. Weekend athletes and do-it-yourselfers can also be affected by the routine motions required to golf, play tennis, swim, lift weights or work on common construction projects. The most likely causes of shoulder pain include tendonitis, bursitis, and an inflamed rotator cuff. Collectively, this group of conditions is called shoulder impingement syndrome.

    Common causes of shoulder pain:

    • Tendonitis of the Shoulder
      When a tendon is constantly irritated, by repeated rubbing against the shoulder bone for example, it can become inflamed and swollen, leaving even less space between the tendons and the bone. Picture a rope being pulled along a craggy rock again and again. This inflammation of a tendon is called tendonitis.
    • Bursitis of the Shoulder
      A bursa is a fluid filled structure that acts as a shock-absorber or cushion in many of the joints in the body. In the shoulder, they cushion the rotator cuff from the shoulder bone. If the rotator cuff becomes inflamed, it can irritate the bursa, causing the bursa to produce more fluid, pressure and pain.
    • Arthritis of the Shoulder
      Arthritis is less common in the shoulder than in the knee or hip, but it does occur. The cartilage surfaces on the bones can wear away over time, or become damaged from an injury or infection. The arthritis can cause a roughening of the joint surfaces, resulting in pain and stiffness.

    What are my shoulder pain treatment options?

    There are a number of shoulder pain treatments that may be effective for shoulder impingement syndrome. Upon evaluation of your individual shoulder condition, your doctor will provide you the best treatment plan. 

    If you require surgery, the expert orthopedic doctors with OrthoColorado Hospital can provide shoulder surgery at Colorado's only orthopedic specialty hospital. Shoulder pain treatment options include:

    • Cold and Heat Therapy -  Ice on the shoulder for 15 to 20 minutes at a time can often reduce inflammation and pain. When the inflammation and discomfort have settled down, heat therapy in the form of a heating pad or hot packs can often soothe and relax sore muscles. As with cold therapy, limit heat applications to 20 minutes at a time.
    • Rest - Simply avoiding any movement or activity that causes discomfort can calm inflamed tissues and strained muscles. Wearing a shoulder sling can also provide support, providing relief while the irritated areas heal.
    • Medication - Medications Oral non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, or NSAIDS, such as Motrin®, Voltaren®, Feldene®, or aspirin can help reduce inflammation and provide relief. Cortisone injections directly into the inflamed areas can often be very effective at reducing inflammation and pain.
    • Physical Therapy - An exercise program designed by a physician or physical therapist may be recommended for some rotator cuff injuries. The exercises can improve flexibility and help heal an injured rotator cuff.
    • Shoulder Surgery - Shoulder surgery may be recommended for some shoulder problems including arthritis, shoulder instability, or a torn rotator cuff. Thanks to recent advances in techniques and technology, many shoulder surgeries can be done arthroscopically. Problems that can be treated with shoulder arthroscopy include rotator cuff tears, impingement problems and torn cartilage. In some cases, such as with advanced arthritis of the shoulder, a shoulder replacement may be recommended. Shoulder replacement involves resurfacing the areas of the bones that meet in the shoulder joint. The ball-shaped end of the upper arm or humerus is replaced with a metal component, while the socket shaped glenoid cavity of the shoulder blade is relined with special plastic. Shoulder replacement can offer improved strength and range of motion as well as reduce pain.
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