At DFP, our shoulder orthopaedic surgeons are ready to diagnose and correct shoulder problems accurately and quickly. Sometimes physical therapy is the solution, but other times orthopaedic surgery is needed. Our physicians will use x-rays, CAT scans, MRIs, and other tests to assess and determine the scope of the injury and the best course of action.
Getting back to your active lifestyle means different things to different people. For an athlete, that’s having a shoulder that is functioning at a level that allows them to be competitive in their sport. For others, their injury might be holding them back from the activities they love: hiking, weightlifting, tennis or golf. Yet for others, their pain is interfering with day-to-day activities. It’s difficult to get dressed in the morning, manage personal hygiene, perform household function, or just playing with their kids or grandkids.
Orthopaedic surgeons group shoulder injuries into two categories: instability and impingement. Instability occurs when one of the joints get moved out of its normal position, dislocating the joint. Impingement is when the muscles rub against the top part of the shoulder blade.
Most problems involve muscles, tendons, and ligaments, rather than bones. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, there could be many reasons. If your shoulder is stiff, you lack the ability to rotate your arm in normal directions, lack strength, or feel that the joint is going to pop out of the socket, contact DFP.
If you are experiencing pain while lifting your arm above your head, you might be experiencing a rotator cuff injury. The rotator cuff is made up of muscles and tendons and holds the shoulder joint together, allowing you to lift your arm overhead.
Shoulder, Arm, & Elbow
Several conditions can cause shoulder, arm and elbow joint pain and disability, such as arthritis and severe fractures. If nonsurgical treatments like medications and activity changes are no longer relieving your pain, you may want to consider joint replacement surgery in which the damaged parts of the joint are removed and replaced. Although shoulder joint replacement is less common than knee and hip replacement, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain. At DFP, we specialize in reverse total shoulder replacement, shoulder joint replacement and total elbow replacement. Joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure to relieve pain and help you resume everyday activities.
If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact DFP and make an appointment with one of our Kansas City shoulder specialists. They will perform a complete examination, diagnosing and ultimately treating any problem involving muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, and joints. From simple physical therapy to complicated surgery, you’re in good hands with DFP and we will do what it takes to get you active again.