According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, shoulder problems are extremely common with approximately 7.5 million people visiting a doctor’s office for shoulder issues each year. If you have shoulder pain or injury, the experienced and specialized health care team at the Hedley Orthopaedic Institute can help. We are experienced in effectively diagnosing and treating a wide range of shoulder issues, including:
- Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease)
- Ligament, tendon or muscle tears, including rotator cuff tears
- Inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis
- Post-traumatic arthritis
- Frozen shoulders (adhesive capsulitis)
- Bone fractures
- Death of bone tissue (osteonecrosis)
- Joint dislocations
Depending upon the cause and severity of your shoulder pain, the health care professionals at the Hedley Orthopaedic Institute can provide several treatment options designed to lessen or alleviate your symptoms, including:
Simply resting a shoulder is essential to its healing process. Rule of thumb: if an activity hurts your shoulder, don’t partake in that activity until you have an opportunity to consult with a physician.
Applying an ice pack to a shoulder, for 15 minutes at a time, helps to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Applying heat to a shoulder, for 15 minutes at a time, may soothe sore muscles, but will not reduce inflammation.
Prescribing pain relief or anti-inflammatory medication, or recommending OTC medication, may reduce shoulder pain.
Electrical stimulation, using a mild electric current that flows into the shoulder, can help reduce pain and swelling.
Applying sound waves can loosen shoulder tightness and help reduce pain.
Injecting an anti-inflammatory medication directly into a shoulder may reduce pain and inflammation.
Stretching exercises may help increase flexibility, expand range of motion and relieve pain. Always consult with a physician before starting a new exercise regime.
If non-surgical treatments do not relieve shoulder pain and/or stiffness, you may be a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery. Shoulder replacement surgery can alleviate pain and improve motion, strength and function. Dr. Phillip Bennion specializes in two types of shoulder replacement surgery:
Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery
During shoulder replacement surgery, all or part of a problem shoulder is replaced with an artificial joint. Depending on the condition of the shoulder, a surgeon may replace only the ball. If the bone is healthy, a surgeon may choose to use a non-cemented or press-fitted humeral component. If the bone is soft, the humeral component may need to be implanted with bone cement. In most cases, an all-plastic glenoid component is implanted with bone cement. Implanting a glenoid component is not advisable in cases when there is good cartilage, the glenoid bone is severely deficient or the rotator cuff tendons are irreparably torn.
Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery
The reverse total shoulder replacement option is most effective for those suffering from completely torn rotator cuffs, severe arthritis and/or previously failed total shoulder replacements. For individuals experiencing these conditions, a conventional total shoulder replacement may not alleviate all of the pain and may not enable total rotation or arm movement past a 90-degree angle. With the reverse total shoulder replacement procedure, the anatomy or structure of the healthy shoulder is reversed. The implant is designed so that the ball portion is attached to the shoulder blade (scapula) and the socket is placed at the upper end of the humerus.