Shoulder Orthopedics

OKC Orthopedics, Sports & Pain Medicine is the leader in minimally invasive shoulder surgery and repair, alleviating a number of shoulder problems, including rotator cuff injuries, labral tears, impingement, AC arthritis and general shoulder pain.

Utilizing cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical treatment options, our skilled physicians at OKC Orthopedics will help you determine the best course of action to restore free movement and eliminate the cause of your shoulder pain.

What are common shoulder injuries?

AC Arthritis

Acromioclavicular (AC) joint arthritis is a chronic inflammation of the acromioclavicular joint, one of the four joints that work together in the complex system that makes up the shoulder. In an arthritic shoulder, the cartilage that protects certain bones within the joint wears thin, causing pain and stiffness that leads to limited range of motion.

Impingement

Shoulder impingement, also known as impingement syndrome or swimmer’s shoulder, is a condition that causes pain in the shoulder due to a tendon or bursa rubbing against the shoulder blades. The pain from shoulder impingement is consistent and generally gets worse as a person reaches up.

Instability

Shoulder instability is a problem that occurs when the structures that surround the shoulder joint become stretched, torn or detached, allowing the ball of the shoulder joint to move either completely or partially out of socket. Symptoms include decreased range of arm/shoulder motion, swelling, bruising and an overall unstable feeling in the shoulder.

Labral Tear

The labrum is a thick piece of tissue attached to the rim of the shoulder socket that helps keep the ball of the joint in place. When torn, the labrum can detach from three different areas in the shoulder, all of which cause a decreased range of motion, nighttime pain and various sensations including grinding, popping or sticking in the shoulder socket.

Rotator Cuff Tear

The rotator cuff is a network of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of your upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder. If the rotator cuff gets stressed, the tendons can tear away, causing a dull ache in the shoulder and upper arm that often worsens when you reach up or out, or try to sleep on the affected side.

Shoulder Pain

Because so many structures make up the shoulder, it is vulnerable to many different causes of pain, including injury, arthritis and overuse. The sooner an OKC Orthopedics specialist can evaluate the source of your shoulder pain, the better the chance for a favorable outcome.

Shoulder Arthroscopy

This minimally invasive surgical procedure examines and sometimes treats damage of the interior of the shoulder joint using an arthroscope, a type of endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision. Anthroscopic procedures can be performed to evaluate and treat a variety of orthopedic conditions.

How are shoulder injuries treated?

Treatment for shoulder injuries depends on the cause and includes surgical and non-surgical options. The experienced team at OKC Orthopedics uses advanced diagnostic technology onsite to pinpoint the cause of pain and assess the extent of the damage.

I went to see the team at OKC Orthopedics Sports and Pain Medicine for treatment of two broken shoulders. They were all very nice.  These are the best doctors!

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From my surgery, to the hospital stay and then on to physical therapy, the team at OKC Orthopedics supported me every step of the way. Thank you for everything!

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