The shoulder is the most movable joint in the entire body. It is made up of the scapula (shoulder blade), clavicle (collarbone), and humerus (upper arm bone). When our shoulders are in good working order, they can rotate through a wide range of motion that allows us to raise, twist, and bend our arms in many directions.

Although our shoulders are extremely flexible, they tend to be less stable than other joints and more susceptible to injury. This ball and socket joint is much like a golf ball on a tee. It doesn’t take much for the ball to fall off the tee. However, as easy as it may be to injure your shoulder, most problems seem to be due to age-related degeneration of surrounding soft tissue.

Common shoulder problems

  • Bursitis
  • Labral tears
  • Calcific tendonitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Fractures
  • Separation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tendonitis

Why choose CMO for your shoulder problem?

As with knee injuries, shoulder injuries are among the most common reasons people go to see an orthopaedic practitioner. And, no matter the severity of the problem — from an annoying pain to a traumatic injury –– our shoulder specialists can give you the best care possible.

As with all conditions, our CMO surgeons will prescribe the least invasive treatments first. At the next level is “outpatient,” or “ambulatory,” surgery at our surgical center here at CMO, where we are achieving outcomes that are among the best in the U.S. This may include procedures such as arthroscopy, during which a camera about the size of a pencil eraser is inserted into the shoulder through a small incision. The surgeon can see your shoulder in great detail and, if needed, repair or remove damaged tissue. Arthroscopy is quite common and an excellent choice if in-hospital surgery is not needed.

At the same time, our surgeons are among the best in the country when it comes to in-hospital surgical procedures. These are performed at one of our hospital affiliates and can include total shoulder replacement, rotator cuff surgery, and other procedures.

Shoulder replacement surgery is a subspecialty of orthopaedics, which has recently progressed to include surgical techniques that allow surgeons to treat patients with conditions that previously had no surgical options. These conditions include instability, pseudoparalysis, fracture management, and failures of surgery for arthritis.

At CMO we are also experienced in reverse total shoulder replacement. In this procedure, the joint components (ball and socket) are reversed. This is an ideal surgery for many patients as it can result in the elimination of pain and full mobility recovery.

CMO’s shoulder specialists are Paul R. Cain, M.D., Patrick J. Fallon, M.D., and Matthew D. Bush, M.D.

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