What if My Shoulder Dislocates to the Back? Some Treatment Options for Posterior Shoulder Instability…

The shoulder joint is particularly at risk for dislocation. Chances are you know someone in your family, or your group of friends, who has suffered a dislocation of the shoulder. This is partly due to the difference in size between the larger humeral head (ball) and the smaller glenoid (socket), as discussed in our previous … More What if My Shoulder Dislocates to the Back? Some Treatment Options for Posterior Shoulder Instability…

Sternoclavicular Joint Injuries: When to Consider Surgery, And How Is It Done Safely

The collarbone (clavicle) helps connect the upper limb to the trunk. The inner end of the clavicle, close to the center of the chest, rests on the sternum through the sternoclavicular (SC) joint. What an interesting joint! It needs to have stout, strong ligaments to serve as a stable connection between the limb and the … More Sternoclavicular Joint Injuries: When to Consider Surgery, And How Is It Done Safely

When Painful Snapping Around the Shoulder Blade Becomes Debilitating…: The Snapping Scapula Syndrome

The shoulder blade area and surrounding muscles may become irritated and painful for multiple reasons. Some of the most frustrated patients I have seen in my practice complain of years and years of painful snapping around the upper shoulder blade region. Oftentimes, these individuals have been told that physical therapy exercises are all they need … More When Painful Snapping Around the Shoulder Blade Becomes Debilitating…: The Snapping Scapula Syndrome

Serratus Anterior Weakness: One of Many Reasons for Shoulder Blade Winging

We are all familiar with the shape of our shoulder blade. It lies flat on our chest, and moves along with the arm as we position our hand in space. But in some shoulder conditions, the shoulder blade does not lie flat on the chest any more; it protrudes like the wing of a bird. … More Serratus Anterior Weakness: One of Many Reasons for Shoulder Blade Winging

Fusing Together the Bones at the Shoulder Joint: A Reasonable Alternative for Selective Desperate Situations

The whole purpose of joints is to provide motion between segments of the skeleton. Why would we ever consider surgically eliminating motion at the shoulder joint? At first, it sounds a little crazy, doesn’t it? But believe it or not, in certain desperate situations, shoulder fusion is a very good alternative… What do we mean … More Fusing Together the Bones at the Shoulder Joint: A Reasonable Alternative for Selective Desperate Situations

Transfer of the Lower Trapezius: An Option to Consider for Bad Rotator Cuff Tears that Cannot Be Fixed

Tears of the rotator cuff represent a leading reason for shoulder pain worldwide. Surgery is oftentimes considered for those individuals with a torn rotator cuff when symptoms do not improve despite medications, injections, and physical therapy. Luckily, many rotator cuff tears can be repaired arthroscopically. This is particularly true when cuff tears are repaired right … More Transfer of the Lower Trapezius: An Option to Consider for Bad Rotator Cuff Tears that Cannot Be Fixed

A tiny nerve in the shoulder can create so much trouble! All you need to know about the suprascapular nerve

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons extremely important for the function of the shoulder. Tearing of the rotator cuff tendons represents one of the most common reasons of shoulder pain, weakness and poor function (Acute Tears of the Rotator Cuff: Why seek Help Immediately?; A Few Common Questions About Rotator Cuff Tears: … More A tiny nerve in the shoulder can create so much trouble! All you need to know about the suprascapular nerve

Arthroscopic Repair of the Rotator Cuff: How is it Done? What to Expect?

Rotator cuff tears represent one of the most common reasons for shoulder pain. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons very important for the function of the shoulder joint. Do you know why the name “cuff” is used? This is because the tendons of these four muscles blend together as they attach … More Arthroscopic Repair of the Rotator Cuff: How is it Done? What to Expect?

A Few Common Questions About Rotator Cuff Tears: How Do They Happen? Do They Heal? Do They Get Bigger? Why?

If you, any of your friends, or a family member suffers from shoulder pain, chances are the rotator cuff was brought up as a possible culprit, right? The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons very important for the function of the shoulder. Four muscles form the rotator cuff: subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, and teres minor. These muscles originate from the shoulder blade and their tendons attach to the upper part of the arm bone or humerus. When tendon fibers become detached from bone, the term rotator cuff tear is used. Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common reasons of shoulder pain, and paradoxically, at the same time, there are many, many people that have a torn rotator cuff and never suffered pain or any other shoulder issues! Isn’t that something! … More A Few Common Questions About Rotator Cuff Tears: How Do They Happen? Do They Heal? Do They Get Bigger? Why?