Michael Pahl, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center, Long Beach Medical Center
The shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body, it allows you to move your arm in various positions. Over time some people can experience pain and stiffness in their shoulder due to arthritis or injury.
The MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center at Long Beach Medical Center offers shoulder surgery for patients looking for more permanent solutions for chronic pain that affects their quality of life.
Shoulder pain is extremely common. Take note of where you feel pain in your shoulder and when you are experiencing it. This information will help your doctor diagnose your shoulder injury/condition.
Constant pain can correlate with a shoulder condition, such as frozen shoulder, a condition that limits how much your joint will move because tissue has built up in the joint. Other injuries, such as a shoulder joint tear can injure the cartilage that surrounds the shoulder joint. For example, a rotator cuff tear can be painful while just performing certain activities that require lifting your arm.
While some shoulder injuries/conditions are less serious than others and do not require invasive treatment, it’s important to assess the severity of your symptoms. Common signs and symptoms that could indicate you need surgery are:
While the idea of surgery can be scary, there are many advancements in technology that have improved shoulder surgery outcomes and improve quality of life. Common shoulder procedures are:
If shoulder pain is preventing you from getting quality, healthy sleep you should consider a consult with an orthopedic surgeon to learn more about treatment options. For more information on shoulder surgery, call 800-MEMORIAL or listen to a podcast on Shoulder Surgery.
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