It's your body's most movable joint. But that means your shoulder is also prone to plenty of painful problems. Shoulder pain and stiffness can make daily tasks—from putting away groceries to getting dressed—difficult at best.
That's where the experts at Great Plains Orthopaedics come in. We offer noninvasive treatments and surgeries that can help you return to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible.
We can help you return to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible.
What causes shoulder pain?
Common shoulder problems we treat include:
- Arthritis or injuries. Either of these can lead to shoulder problems that may require conservative treatments, such as medications, exercise or minimally invasive surgery to repair. If those treatments don't help, shoulder replacement may be an option. In shoulder replacement surgery, your orthopaedic surgeon removes the old joint and skillfully replaces it with artificial parts made of plastic, metal or ceramic. Depending on your needs, the surgeon may replace only the ball at the top of the arm bone. Or the entire ball-and-socket joint can be replaced.
- Bursitis or tendinitis. Repetitive motions can sometimes cause the tendons and bursae (fluid-filled sacs that cushion bones) in the rotator cuff to become swollen or inflamed. Often a change of activity, medication and physical therapy can provide relief. If not, a surgeon can remove the inflamed tissue.
- Rotator cuff tears. The rotator cuff muscles and tendons can be partially or completely torn. Or bony growths can squeeze the rotator cuff, causing pain. Nonsurgical treatments often work for partial tears. For a full tear, minimally invasive surgery may be needed.
- Shoulder fractures. Falling on the shoulder can cause these injuries. Most fractures can be healed with slings or splints. But severe or fragmented breaks may require surgery.
- Shoulder instability or dislocation. This is when the head of the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket, either by injury or chronic overuse. If it happens repeatedly, surgery may help correct the underlying problem.
Make an appointment
Don't put up with a painful shoulder. Call Great Plains Orthopaedics at 308.568.3800 for a consultation.