Did you know that shoulder pain, particularly when lifting the arm, is one of the most common reasons to see an orthopedic surgeon?  The complexity of the shoulder joint leaves it susceptible to injury—and because most people use their shoulder joint more or less continuously throughout the day, shoulder pain can be quite common.

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Shoulder impingement is a condition that affects the function of the shoulder joint, primarily involving the rotator cuff and the muscles and tendons in the area. Also called shoulder impingement syndrome, it refers to the irritation of tendons or bursa (small fluid sacs) that can occur when rubbing against the shoulder blade. Shoulder impingement is…

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A shoulder dislocation occurs when the ball of the shoulder joint is pulled or knocked out of its socket. In some instances, the shoulder can be eased back into place, but the trauma to the joint can cause instability, pain, and recurring dislocations. In these cases, shoulder surgeryis recommended to stabilize the area and minimize…

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Torn tendons, severe dislocations, tendonitis, and tendinosis can all be cause for rotator cuff surgery.  Learn more about rotator cuff injuries and what type of surgery may be required. About Your Rotator Cuff Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles, tendons, and cartilage that surround your shoulder joint, giving it stability and allowing it…

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If you are suffering from shoulder pain caused by osteoarthritis or injury, it is possible to restore your mobility and quality of life.  Learn more about shoulder pain and some of the shoulder treatment options available at Arkansas Surgical Hospital. A version of this article featuring Dr. Brent Lawrence appeared in the August 2019 issue…

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If you are suffering from severe shoulder pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis or injury, your doctor may recommend total shoulder replacement. This procedure can relieve your pain and restore your mobility. This surgery has an excellent success rate, and new surgical techniques are making the surgery even more effective. If you take this route,…

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We see this injury quite often among our patients—here are the basic facts. If you experience shoulder pain, it is a good idea to see your doctor right away. What you might think is just a strain may actually be a torn rotator cuff. Without proper treatment, this condition can get worse and you may…

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Several bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments form your shoulder joint. Damage to any of these parts of your shoulder joint can severely limit your mobility. An injury, deterioration, or trauma that affects the bones, muscles, and other parts of your shoulder joint can lead to persistent pain and stiffness. If you have sore shoulder muscles…

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One of the most common causes of pain in your shoulder or arm that makes it difficult to move or lift are rotator cuff injuries. The group of tendons and muscles in your rotator cuff help provide stability and allow your shoulder to rotate. Injuries to these tendons and muscles can result in pain that…

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According to the World Health Organization, 9% of all adults in the U.S. reported struggling with chronic shoulder pain.* The shoulder is a complex joint held in place by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Pain in your shoulder can lessen mobility and strength, which can hinder your day-to-day activities. There are several causes of shoulder pain, and…

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