The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body. But the very flexibility of the shoulder makes it prone to both sudden injury and chronic wear. After age 40, many problems are caused by the effect of repeated overhead motions for a long period of time.
Thanks to recent advancements in arthroscopy, many shoulder problems can be corrected using the same techniques that revolutionized the treatment of knee problems. Requiring just a few small incisions, arthroscopy is done as an outpatient procedure and results in less post-operative pain than traditional open procedures.
Arthroscopy enables the surgeon to see and work inside the shoulder joint to treat:
In cases where the rotator cuff is intact but the joint has worn surfaces, the best option for pain-free motion may be a shoulder resurfacing or replacement.
Occasionally, injuries or infections can all lead to arthritis, although arthritis of the shoulder is less common than in the knee or hip. Arthritis in the shoulder causes a roughening of the joint from worn cartilage and loose fragments of bone.
For more information, please contact:
Joint Replacement Coordinator
Vista Medical Center East
1324 N. Sheridan Road
Waukegan, IL 60085