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Shoulder Conditions

Shoulders: Get Moving!

Did you know that the shoulder is the most movable joint in the entire body? And you depend on it for a variety of everyday tasks, from the time you wake up until the time you lie down for sleep. So when you have problems with the shoulder, you notice it.

The shoulder can become unstable when you have damage to the muscles, tendons and ligaments that support it. Arthritis and injuries can also cause painful damage to this important joint. Both shoulder pain and lack of motion can affect work, play and even sleep. But various types of treatment can get your shoulder in better shape.

If your shoulder joint or the muscles around it are not moving well or are causing pain, the experts at The Hand Center can help. We'll work with you to identify the problem and find the right treatments. Your treatment plan might include appointments with our trained therapists, exercises to do at home, medicines or surgery - or a combination of these. When necessary, we can also help you learn new ways to perform tasks so that you prevent re-injury or so you can better do the activities that you both need and want to do.

Common shoulder conditions

Broken Collarbone

Often the result of a fall or car collision, broken collarbones can be painful and disabling.  Both surgical and non-surgical treatments may be used to repair a broken collarbone, depending on the severity and type of damage.

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Burners and Stingers

An upper arm nerve injury, a burner or a stinger refers to the resulting sensation that occurs in the shoulder-to-hand area. Common cause: Contact Sports

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Dislocated Shoulder

The shoulder joint's flexibility makes it easy to dislocate. Both partial and complete dislocation cause pain and unsteadiness in the shoulder. 

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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, most common among 40-60 year olds, may cause pain, stiffness, and immobility.  90% of patients recover with non-surgical treatments.

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Rotator Cuff Tear-Surgery vs. Rehabilitation

Pain and degree of daily use of the arms (i.e., lifting boxes overhead at work) generally determine whether surgery or rehabilitation is the most viable solution for a torn Rotator Cuff.

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Rotator Cuff Tears

A very common problem, Rotator Cuff Tears weaken the shoulder and inhibit movement for daily activities like combing hair.  Non-surgical treatments reduce pain and increase function for about 50% of patients.

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Rupture of Biceps Tendon at the Shoulder

Characterized by sharp pain, a "pop" upon injury, cramping, bruising, and weakness of the shoulder, a Ruptured Biceps Tendon often results from lifting or falling.  For most patients, non-surgical treatments allow the tendon to recover over time.

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Separated Shoulder

Shoulder Separation causes mild to severe pain and deformity.  The condition generally results from a direct fall onto the shoulder and may or may not require surgery.

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Shoulder Impingement

Impingement causes irritation and pain within the shoulder. Common in middle-aged adults and young athletes, Shoulder Impingement is generally improved with non-surgical treatments.

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Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain, one of the most common complaints, can be caused by a variety of conditions such as Rotator Cuff Tears, various types of Arthritis, Fractures, etc.  If you are experiencing shoulder pain, make an appointment with The Hand Center to ensure that the proper steps are taken to relieve your pain and regain functionality.

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For a more comprehensive list of finger to shoulder conditions, visit the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.