Shoulder Injury Orthopedic Care in Omaha, NE
Shoulder pain can severely limit your freedom to move, work, and play. Our orthopedic experts will create a treatment plan so you can eliminate pain and regain your range of motion.
Care for Shoulder Issues and Injuries
Overuse, injury, and degenerative disease can all cause shoulder problems and pain. Our specialists treat a range of conditions, including:
- Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects mostly middle-aged and older adults. It may cause the breakdown of joint cartilage and adjacent bone in the shoulder.
- Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation of the synovial lining of the joint, causing extra synovial fluid which leads to severe pain and stiffness.
Bicep tendon tear
In a healthy biceps tendon, the tissue is connected securely to the bone. When the tendon ruptures, it becomes detached from the bone and it becomes painful to move the arm.
Bursitis and tendinitis
Bursitis is inflammation of bursae (fluid-filled pads) that act as cushions at the joints, occurring most often at joints that perform frequent repetitive motion, like in the hips, shoulders, knees, and elbows. Both conditions (shoulder bursitis and tendinitis) can cause pain and stiffness around the shoulder and may exist together.
Impingement syndrome, often called Swimmers Syndrome, is when the tendon rubs against the shoulder blade. This causes pain and discomfort during certain movements of the arms. This can often be corrected with rest and physical therapy to build strength and range of motion.
Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is when the shoulder capsule becomes so thick and tight that it’s hard to move, resulting in pain and stiffness. Most people with frozen shoulder improve with relatively simple treatments to control pain and restore motion.
Rotator cuff injury
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that help stabilize the shoulder. Injury to the rotator cuff often involves a tear to these thick bands of tissue that connect the muscles to the bones. Rotator cuff injuries occur frequently with people who repeatedly perform overhead motions in their jobs or sports. This type of injury can generally be corrected non-surgically. However, if your injury is severe and involves a complete tear of the muscle or tendon, surgery may be necessary.
Shoulder dislocation or separation
Shoulder dislocation occurs when the upper arm bone pops out of the shoulder blade socket. In simple situations, strength and stability exercises can prevent shoulder instability and repeated dislocations. However, sometimes dislocation may tear ligaments or tendons in the shoulder or damage nerves.
A SLAP tear is an injury to the ring of cartilage that surrounds the socket of the shoulder joint caused by a trauma or repetitive motions involving the shoulder. There are many nonsurgical treatment options for less severe cases.
Have an Athletic Injury?
If other treatments aren’t giving you the relief you need, shoulder replacement may be the solution.
What is shoulder replacement surgery?
Total shoulder replacement (also called total shoulder arthroplasty) is a surgical procedure in which all or a portion of the shoulder joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant.
What are the common reasons for shoulder replacement surgery?
This joint replacement surgery is a very successful procedure for treating the severe pain and stiffness that can result from arthritis or degenerative joint disease.
How do I know if I need shoulder replacement surgery?
The specialists at Omaha Orthopedic Clinic will work with you to determine the best treatment for your shoulder. Although surgery is one option, we may be able to find non-surgical options to treat your pain and mobility limitations.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Are you avoiding certain activities or movements because of your shoulder pain?
- Has your shoulder pain been persistent for over a month?
- Have you been using medication for pain relief, but it’s no longer helping?
- Do you wake up at night or have a hard time sleeping due to your shoulder pain?
- Are normal activities like carrying groceries becoming consistently painful?
If you answered yes to any of these, let’s meet to discuss your mobility goals and the best treatment for you. Contact us to make an appointment.
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