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
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
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
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”?
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
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
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
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!
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
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?