Shoulder & Elbow
Comprehensive Care for Shoulder and Elbow Pain
Shoulder and elbow pain are extremely common complaints that have many causes. Because we use our arms for so many activities, shoulder and elbow pain can cause significant problems.
Arthritis is a major cause of shoulder pain. During arthritis, the cartilage is worn away and the protective lining between the bones is lost, causing painful bone-on-bone friction and rubbing. Severe shoulder arthritis is quite painful and can restrict motion. Injury resulting in strains and fractures can also cause shoulder and elbow pain.
At The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery, we have specific expertise in a broad spectrum of shoulder, elbow, and upper extremity problems. We employ the latest in surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat these problems.
Our fellowship-trained shoulder and elbow surgeons handle a comprehensive range of athletic, degenerative, and traumatic disorders including arthritis, rotator cuff tears, bursitis and tendinitis, fractures, golfer's elbow, tennis elbow, and cubital tunnel syndrome.
While the symptoms of shoulder pain may be tolerated with medications and lifestyle adjustments, there may come a time when surgical treatment is necessary.
Total shoulder joint replacement surgery, also known as shoulder arthroplasty, removes the damaged portion of the shoulder joint and replaces it with artificial implants. Because the shoulder is a "ball-and-socket" joint, this surgery involves replacing the ball-shaped bone atop the upper arm as well as the "socket" cavity of the shoulder blade. This restores friction-free movement of the shoulder and arm, relieving pain at the shoulder joint.
At The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons have specialized advanced training in total shoulder replacement. Our compassionate surgeons and professional staff will provide you with a seamless continuum of care, from evaluation to treatment.
In some cases, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend a reverse shoulder replacement surgery. This is typically done when the tendons and/or muscles of a patient's rotator cuff are severely damaged and unable to support arm and shoulder movements.
In a reverse shoulder replacement surgery, damaged tissue and bone are removed, but the usual "ball-and-socket" position of the joint is reversed. In this procedure, the prosthetic "ball" is surgically affixed to the shoulder blade, while the artificial "socket" is created at the top of the upper arm. Swapping the location of the prosthetic components allows the deltoid muscle to power the arm, bypassing the injured rotator cuff altogether.
The orthopedic surgeons at The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery have the expertise needed to carry out this complex surgical procedure. As is the case with all our services, our compassionate and skilled surgeons and staff are dedicated to providing you with a seamless continuum of care, from evaluation to treatment to recovery.
The rotator cuff is a group of tendons that help the upper arm stay in place at the shoulder and allow you to lift your arm. Sudden shoulder movements, falls, overuse, or wear and tear can cause the rotator cuff to tear. The decision on how to treat rotator cuff tears varies from person to person. Some rotator cuffs can be treated with nonsurgical methods, including medications and physical therapy. However, if surgery is necessary, the skilled surgeons at The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches have the expertise to perform advanced surgical techniques. For rotator cuff repair, our orthopedic surgeons utilize arthroscopic or other innovative procedures to ensure your smooth recovery and best outcome.
Shoulder and Elbow Pain Treatment in Palm Beach County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County
Call (561) 798-6600 for urgent care same-day appointments at The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches or request an appointment online. We serve the residents of Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Belle Glade, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Port Saint Lucie, Florida.