Shoulder pain is a common complaint, especially as patients age. There are numerous potential causes of shoulder pain. These include: soft tissue inflammation around the shoulder, such as bursitis or tendinitis; shoulder arthritis, where there has been irreversible damage to the cartilage within the shoulder joint itself; tears of the rotator “cuff” (the four tendons around the shoulder that allow movement of the ball and socket joint); tears of the glenoid labrum (the cartilage rim of the shoulder joint). Occasionally, shoulder pain will present as what is known as “referred” pain – this means that although the mind senses that the shoulder is hurting, the actual cause of the shoulder pain is not the shoulder itself. “Referred pain” can come from a pinched nerve in the cervical spine or neck area.
Dr. Davis routinely sees and evaluates patients with shoulder pain to initially help them locate the source or cause of the pain and then develop a treatment plan to address the shoulder problem and thereby alleviate the pain.
Surgical options for shoulder pathology include arthroscopy or arthroplasty (replacement surgery). Shoulder replacement surgery is an option for patients with severe arthritis of the shoulder that has failed to respond to appropriate conservative or non-operative treatment.
Dr. Davis routinely performs partial shoulder replacement, total shoulder replacement, and reverse total shoulder replacement surgery. These procedures allow patients previously disabled by painful arthritis to restore their quality of life.
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Surgery is most often performed to address tears of the rotator cuff tendons, but can also be used to treat torn ligaments…
Total Shoulder Replacement
Total shoulder replacement is a procedure to replace the damaged cartilage within the shoulder joint in order to relieve pain.
Anatomy of the Shoulder
The shoulder is a complex structure made of three separate joints. They work together to give the shoulder a tremendous range of motion.
Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Arthritis
This condition, also called AC joint arthrosis, is a degeneration of the joint at the top of the shoulder where the acromion meets the clavicle.
This condition is an irritation or inflammation of the biceps tendon at the shoulder.
Biceps Tendon Rupture
This condition is a tear of one of the tendons that anchor the biceps muscle to the shoulder.
Burners and Stingers
These are warm or painful sensations caused by an injury to the brachial plexus.
Calcific Tendinitis of the
Shoulder (Degenerative Calcification)
This painful condition occurs when calcium deposits form in tendons of the rotator cuff.
Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder (Reactive Calcification)
This painful condition occurs when calcium deposits form in tendons of the rotator cuff. These tendons and surrounding tissues in the shoulder become inflamed.