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Shoulder Joint Replacement (Total Shoulder Arthroplasty)

Total shoulder joint replacement is an option for patients experiencing joint dysfunction. The decreased function and resulting pain is most often caused by arthritis. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, rotator cuff arthropathy, and trauma related arthritis are the four most common sources of shoulder joint destruction. When conservative methods of treatment (oral medications, injections and physical therapy) fail to provide adequate relief, shoulder replacement is considered. The primary purpose of shoulder joint replacement is to relieve pain. Many patients will also experience an increase in range of motion. Shoulder replacement has an extremely successful track record with survival of implants over 90% at 17...


Common Shoulder Ailments

Shoulder ailments come in all shapes and sizes. From the teenage gymnast to the elderly gardener, limitations from shoulder pain are quite disabling. Confirming the correct diagnosis and integrating proper treatment pathways will again allow the patient to position their arm in space and return to the activities they love. Common shoulder problems can be identified by taking a comprehensive history, performing a detailed shoulder exam, and complimenting these with diagnostic tests as necessary.   Subacromial impingement syndrome occurs in the middle aged population. Structurally, this occurs when the rotator cuff and humerus impinge on anterior acromial osteophytes and the...