Pain and limited movement in your shoulder are red flags you shouldn’t ignore because they could signal any number of underlying problems that could worsen without treatment. The doctors at Restore Orthopedics and Spine Center are board-certified with extensive training in minimally invasive and open shoulder surgery, but they always initiate conservative treatment before recommending surgery. If you have persistent shoulder pain, call the office in Orange, California, or book an appointment online.
Your shoulder’s ball-and-socket joint is designed to let you rotate your arm in a full circle. This range of motion is only supported by a group of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff.
The shoulder also includes a second joint, the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, which is where the clavicle (collarbone) meets the scapula (shoulder blade).
Extreme mobility combined with the amount of stress and pressure placed on the shoulder make it susceptible to acute injuries, repetitive stress injuries, and degeneration.
A few of the most common shoulder problems include:
The doctors at Restore Orthopedics also treat many shoulder fractures.
Your doctor at Restore Orthopedics and Spine Center begins with conservative treatment, which may include:
If your injury is severe, or if you still have pain, limited motion, or shoulder instability after conservative therapy, your doctor may recommend surgery.
The doctors at Restore Orthopedics and Spine Center are skilled at performing both arthroscopic and open shoulder surgery.
Arthroscopic surgery is used whenever possible. During this type of minimally invasive procedure, your doctor inserts specialized surgical tools through two to four small incisions.
Several small incisions cause less trauma than traditional open surgery. As a result, you have less bleeding, less postoperative pain, and your recovery is quicker than with open surgery.
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery can be used to treat:
Some shoulder conditions, however, require the traditional approach of open surgery, which uses one large incision.
Open shoulder surgery is often used for:
Your doctor explains which type of surgery is best for your shoulder problem.
Don’t continue to suffer from shoulder pain, call Restore Orthopedics and Spine Center or book an appointment online.