Shoulder & Elbow
Shoulder & Elbow
Pain in the shoulder and elbow can be caused by injury, but often are the result of ongoing wear and tear to the joint. Paying attention to persistent pain in the joint and consulting a physician are the first two steps to addressing an upper extremity condition. If surgery becomes necessary, Dr. Colin Kingston, Dr. Loel Payne, Dr. Nicholas Sablan, or Dr. Robert C. Mason are experts in repairing shoulders and elbows.
SLAP Tear (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior Tear)
SLAP tear is a tear of the labrum in the shoulder. The tear occurs where the biceps tendon attaches to the labrum. Symptoms may include pain, lost of strength, limited range of motion, difficulty lifting and throwing. Patients may need surgery for this condition. If surgery is recommended for the SLAP Tear, physical therapy is often recommended.
Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is an inflammation of the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. This condition is caused by specific repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. This stress causes tiny tears in the tendon causing inflammation and pain. Treatment options may include rest, ice, medication, stretching, and a brace. Physical therapy and injections may be used to provide relief.
Medial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery)
Medial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery) procedure is designed to repair a torn elbow ligament. The surgeon harvests a tendon from the patient and makes an incision along the elbow to expose the damaged tendon. The harvested tendon is looped in in a figure 8 pattern. The elbow is immobilized for 1-2 weeks. Supervised throwing can occur at 3-5 months, completive throwing at 6-8 months, and full function at 12 months.
Rotator Cuff Repair (Arthroscopic)
Rotator cuff repair is a surgery that repairs a tear of the rotator cuff in the shoulder. The surgeon will create small incisions to allow for a scope to be inserted to allow the surgeon to be able to see the injury. The tear can be repaired in several ways. Physical therapy is often recommended.
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