Shoulder and Elbow Services

Shoulder

Like the hip, the shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that allows the arm a full range of movement. Surrounding the shoulder joint are muscles and tendons that form the rotator cuff, which raises, lowers, and turns the arm and moves it forward and backward. When any of these components becomes damaged by age, injury or disease, pain and loss of mobility are the usual results.

Our Orthopaedic Specialists at MOI can often alleviate these problems with various treatments, including:

Rotator Cuff Repair
Surgery that deals with tears in the muscles or tendons of the rotator cuff; at MOI, rotator cuff repair surgery is done both traditionally and by arthroscopic means; this surgery is usually indicated when shoulder pain does not respond to non-surgical treatments such as medication and rehabilitation exercise.

Shoulder Joint Replacement
A surgical procedure that replaces a shoulder joint with a prosthetic implant of metal and plastic; this operation is usually necessitated when injury or degenerative disease has caused loss of mobility in the joint and made it a source of chronic pain that non-operative care does not treat successfully.

Elbow

The elbow is the hinged joint that connects the bone in the upper arm (humerus) to the two smaller bones of the forearm (radius and ulna). Muscles and ligaments attached to these bones help the arm flex, extend and turn. But when disease or injury affects any of these structures, the result of even slight movement can be searing pain. Advances in orthopedic medicine mean help is available, including these treatments:

Elbow Joint Replacement
Surgery that replaces the entire joint with either a linked or unlinked type of prosthetic device. The unlinked implant allows more natural movement, but requires greater stability in the surrounding structures; the linked implant constrains movement somewhat but is preferred when other structures are weak.

Care for “Tennis Elbow”
Treatment of lateral epicondylitis, a painful condition caused by inflammation or degeneration of the tendon attached to the lateral epicondyle (bony prominence) on the outside of the elbow; often cause by repetitive motions typical of tennis players and golfers, this problem can be treated with rest, medication, rehabilitative exercise, massage and/or various braces. For severe cases, athroscopic surgery can also provide relief by removing diseased tissue and reattaching healthy tendon to the bone.