If your shoulder pain is bothering you and affecting your ability to perform everyday tasks, do not hesitate to make an appointment with us. It’s better to play it safe than to keep doing the things that may cause your shoulder condition to deteriorate. And with treatment, you could be feeling better fast.
At Shoulder Elbow Orthopaedic Clinic, we have a dedicated team of shoulder specialist orthopaedic surgeons who will provide a detailed diagnosis and custom treatment plan for your shoulder conditions.
Here are some examples of the conditions we treat:
Rotator Cuff Tear
Made up of four muscles that come together as tendons, the rotator cuff is what holds your scapula and humerus together. The rotator cuff is responsible for your ability to lift and rotate your arm.
If any of these tendons are damaged or torn, they are no longer fully attached to the top of your humerus. A torn tendon typically begins to fray before completely tearing. You may experience either a partial or full-thickness tear.
Shoulder impingement is usually caused by pinching of the rotator cuff tendons and their overlying bursa between the bones in one’s shoulder, which can occur when reaching overhead. Shoulder impingement can also be associated with other rotator cuff injuries.
Typically, an impinging shoulder will resolve itself in a matter of weeks to months. This is especially so with the right strengthening exercises. However, there are cases where it can become an ongoing problem.
A dislocated shoulder refers to an injury where your humerus (upper arm bone) pops out of the cup-shaped socket, which is a part of your shoulder blade, where it sits. Should this happen, your joint may become unstable. Additionally, you might find that once you’ve had a shoulder dislocation, you may be prone to dislocating it again.
Due to the nature of the shoulder joint and its ability to move in various directions, you can dislocate your shoulder either backwards or forwards, downwards, and completely or partially.
A Superior Labrum Anterior Posterior Tear (a SLAP Tear) refers to the damage of the top part of the labrum in your shoulder. Your labrum is a cup-shaped rim of fibrous tissue that helps to cushion the shoulder joint’s socket. It is responsible for stabilising the shoulder. The superior labrum is the part that is attached to your biceps’ tendon.
SLAP tears are often the result of repetitive use of the shoulder. Through repetitive overhead use, the labrum may fray or detach. This is why athletes are more likely to suffer from SLAP tears, due to the heavy requirements of most sports.
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a common cause of shoulder pain and stiffness that commonly affects patients above the age of 40. A thin capsule usually covers the shoulder joint. When this capsule gets inflamed, it causes pain, and the shoulder becomes stiff. This usually resolves with time.
The tightening and thickening of the connective tissue restricts the movement of your shoulder, causing frozen shoulder. Most commonly, it is a secondary result of underlying shoulder injuries such as shoulder impingement, rotator cuff injury, shoulder dislocation, or SLAP tear.
Shoulder arthritis is the result of the general wear and tear of the cartilage present in your shoulder joint. The cartilage covers the surface of the bones in your joints and allows the bones to glide smoothly over each other when the joints move.
As the cartilage begins to break down, the exposed bone may rub against each other and cause you to feel pain.The cartilage tends to break down when faced with stress. Therefore, more painful and stressful activities are likely to break down the cartilage more.
Check your Pain Symptoms
Dull ache from ‘deep’ in shoulder
Difficult to reach back or overhead
Hard to sleep on affected shoulder
You may have: Rotator Cuff Tear A rotator cuff tear occurs when the rotator cuff tendons, which are comprised of four tendons deep in the shoulder joint become unstable. This usually causes the shoulder and arm to be less immobile.
Rotator cuff exercises performed during a physiotherapy session can help to decrease pain and improve shoulder function.
You may have: Shoulder Impingement Syndrome Shoulder Impingement is usually caused by pinching of the rotator cuff tendons and their overlying bursa between the bones in one’s shoulder when reaching overhead.
A shoulder impingement can sometimes be associated with other rotator cuff injuries (damage to the rotator cuff tendons)
Numbness/tingling reaches down the arm or up the neck
Shoulder looks out of place
You may have: Dislocated Shoulder A dislocated shoulder is an injury where your upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket that is part of your shoulder blade. Your joint may become unstable and be prone to redislocations again once you have had one.
Physiotherapy may adequately stabilise the shoulder. However, in more severe cases, surgery may be required to repair the torn ligaments/tendons or to fix fractures.
Grinding, popping or locking sensation during movement
Decreased shoulder strength
Limited range of motion
You may have: SLAP Tear SLAP Tear stands for ‘Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior Tear’. The labrum is a thick band of soft tissue at the border of your shoulder socket.
A SLAP Tear happens when the labrum tears due to injury or wear and tear, and there is insufficient cushioning between the shoulder blade (scapula) and the upper arm bone (humerus), leading to pain and weakness in the shoulder.
You may have: Frozen Shoulder Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a common cause of shoulder pain and stiffness that commonly affects patients above the age of 40. The shoulder joint is normally covered by a thin capsule. When this capsule gets inflamed, it causes pain and the shoulder remains stiff. This usually resolves with time.
Fortunately, frozen shoulder usually resolves with time. However, if the condition worsens, surgery might be needed.
You may have: Shoulder Arthritis Shoulder arthritis refers to damage to the cartilage in the shoulder joints. It occurs when the cartilage starts wearing down on the ball and/or socket of the shoulder joint, causing pain.
There are various treatment options for arthritis in the shoulder such as medication, lifestyle changes (such as daily activities and/or exercise) or physiotherapy. However, if your condition has worsened, surgery might be recommended.
Discuss with an orthopaedic surgeon to determine which treatments are most suitable for you.
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