We Can Repair the Source of Your Pain
From everyday wear and tear to sports injuries or aging, shoulder, elbow and hand pain has many causes and options for treatment. Our specialists are equipped to handle mild or serious ligament and muscle tears, and determine the right course of treatment for your condition so that you can get back to living an active lifestyle.
Of all the joints in our body, the shoulder has the greatest range of motion. Its remarkable mobility means the shoulder is more likely to be injured or suffer problems. The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint with three main bones: the humerus, collarbone and shoulder blade. They are held together by muscles, tendons and ligaments. The elbow and hand are just as complex, and require expert treatment and care to improve mobility and pain relief.
Conditions & Injuries
Shoulder, arm and hand problems vary in severity and may be caused by overuse or degenerative disease. Common problems include:
Rotator Cuff Strains & Tears
“Rotator cuff” refers to the four small muscles and their tendons that cover the head of your upper arm bone and keep it in the shoulder socket. It helps provide shoulder motion and stability. Tendon tears—the splitting and tearing of tendons caused by injury or degenerative disease—pull the tendon away from the bone. These tears may be partial or may completely split the tendon into two pieces. In most cases of complete tear, the tendon is pulled away from the bone. Rotator cuff and biceps tendon injuries are among the most common of these tears.
Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow (Epicondylitis)
Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overworked by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. It affects athletes as well as plumbers, painters, carpenters and butchers. Tennis elbow pain is focused on the outside of the arm, where your forearm meets your elbow joint. Golfer’s elbow pain is focused on the inside of the arm.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a pinched nerve in the wrist that causes pain, numbness and sometimes weakness in the hand. The median nerve, located in the central part of the wrist, passes through the wrist tunnel (carpal tunnel) from the forearm into the hand. The condition affects a low percentage of the population, most commonly middle-aged women. It often affects the thumb, index and middle fingers and can be particularly troublesome at night. Researchers are not certain of the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome.
An arthritic shoulder can cause inflammation that leads to pain, stiffness and a decreased range of motion. Arthritis is typically a result of joint surface degeneration that comes with age, and can also be associated with a chronic rotator cuff tear. No matter the cause of your shoulder arthritis, there are many treatment options available to help manage the pain and remain active.