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4 Shoulder Pain Causes That Warrant Surgery

When you have shoulder pain, it can interfere with something as simple as reaching for a plate on a shelf or as severe as taking you out of your favorite sport. Your shoulder, a ball-and-socket joint, allows the most range of motion of any of the other joints in your body. When this joint becomes compromised, it can enormously affect your quality of life.

Our team at Crescent City Orthopedics understands the importance of your shoulder’s function and how it can play a large role in getting through your day. We have the expertise to diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain, and we also know how to treat it and give you the care you deserve.

If your shoulder pain doesn’t heal on its own with rest, physical therapy, or medications, surgery may be the only thing that can resolve your issue.

Let’s look at four types of shoulder pain that might call for surgery.

  1. Tendonitis

Tendonitis in your shoulder occurs when you have inflammation in the thick fibrous cords (tendons) that attach your muscle to your bone. This condition can typically be treated with noninvasive methods. However, if the tendon remains inflamed for a long period, it might tear, causing the need for surgery.

We perform your surgery arthroscopically, which only requires a few small incisions. We insert small surgical instruments and a small tube with a camera on the end (arthroscope). We remove the inflamed part of your bursa, which keeps your shoulder blade and collarbone lubricated.

  1. Labral tears

Your shoulder labrum keeps the ball of the joint in place. This thick piece of tissue can tear in several ways — a complete tear off the bone, within or along the side of the labrum, or where your bicep tendon attaches. 

If you have a large tear, we either cut out or trim the torn part. If your tear is near your bicep tendon attachment, we may trim it or reattach it to the top of the socket with sutures or tacks, depending on the severity of the damage. Arthroscopic surgery makes it easy for us to reach the area well.

  1. Rotator cuff strain or tear

You can develop a rotator cuff injury from repetitive movement or the overuse of your shoulder. It can also become damaged from an injury or fall.

If possible, we use arthroscopic surgery requiring smaller incisions and less recovery time. In some cases, open repair might be the best option to reach the targeted area.

To repair the injured tendons and muscles in your rotator cuff, we replace them with a graft tendon from another part of your body. If we see any bone spurs, we remove those, as well. 

  1. Dislocation

When you dislocate your shoulder, the soft tissues that stabilize your shoulder can become strained or torn. If shoulder dislocations happen to you often, they can weaken your shoulder’s joints or ligaments, no matter how often you try to strengthen them with physical therapy. 

When this occurs, we recommend surgery to repair the damaged structures in your shoulder. Surgery can even help reduce your risk of injuring your shoulder again.

If you have shoulder pain, you need a solution. Reach out to our team today to schedule an appointment. We can diagnose your issue’s root cause and discuss your treatment options. Call our friendly office staff today in Metairie, Louisiana, or book your appointment online.

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