Why Is It That Surgeons Call Certain Elbow Injuries “Terrible Triad”?

We all understand the meaning of the word “Terrible”. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines terrible as (1) extremely bad and (2) difficult. It further expands the meaning to “exciting extreme alarm or intense fear”. Truly a perfect word to characterize a potentially devastating –and, by the way, quite common– elbow injury! If I sustained a terrible … More Why Is It That Surgeons Call Certain Elbow Injuries “Terrible Triad”?

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

When Bone Grows Beyond the Elbow Skeleton: Heterotopic Ossification, Why Does it Matter and How to Deal with It

Did you know that bone can form outside of the boundaries of the skeleton? I am not talking about malignancies or cancer, but about masses of bone that appear in the soft-tissues surrounding the bones, and oftentimes end up blocking motion. In Medicine, the words “Heterotopic” and “Ectopic” basically mean “not in the right place”. … More When Bone Grows Beyond the Elbow Skeleton: Heterotopic Ossification, Why Does it Matter and How to Deal with It

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

The Tommy John Procedure: How Baseball and Other Throwing Sports May Injure the Elbow,… But Not To The point of Surgery in Many!

Baseball…, what a fascinating sport! We all love throwing a baseball and playing catch, don’t we? We also admire those very, very good professional pitchers with a skilled and blazing fast pitch. Isn’t it amazing that some pitchers can throw a baseball at a speed of 100 miles per hour? How about your favorite football … More The Tommy John Procedure: How Baseball and Other Throwing Sports May Injure the Elbow,… But Not To The point of Surgery in Many!

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

Did you know that the elbow joint is particularly at risk for stiffness?

The human body is a masterpiece of engineering design! The ability to use our hands is extremely important for the majority of our daily activities. Proper use of the hands for various tasks requires being able to position the hands out in space and move them back closer to our body. Good movement of the … More Did you know that the elbow joint is particularly at risk for stiffness?

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?