Shoulders

Overview

Shoulder pain can be the results of a traumatic injury, overuse, or wear and tear over time. It can involve the ligaments, tendons, or cartilage/bone within the shoulder joint. The pain can surface only when the shoulder is in motion, only at night, or it can be present continuously. A shoulder injury can impede work, sports, daily routine activities, and/or valued hobbies such as lifting, reaching, bathing, and dressing.

Shoulder pain can be treated in a variety of ways, ranging from non-surgical options to advanced surgical intervention when necessary. Non-surgical options are often very effective in managing pain and improving patients’ quality of life. Common conservative treatments include medication, physical therapy, bracing, and injections.

Our Personalized and Patient-Centered Approach

At Orthopaedic Associates, we carefully customize each patient’s course of treatment based on their individual diagnosis, lifestyle, and treatment goals. Our orthopedists start by accurately diagnosing your shoulder condition through an extensive medical history, physical examination, and utilizing diagnostic imaging when indicated. Our shoulder specialists understand the importance of engaging in two-way communication when developing a comprehensive treatment plan to restore your ability to comfortably return to your daily activities, work, and play.

Many shoulder injuries are initially treated conservatively with non-operative intervention. However, in the event that surgical intervention is the optimal treatment plan for your shoulder, our team of experienced and highly skilled providers and therapists are devoted to your full recovery.

Common Conditions

Our providers treat all musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders that affect the shoulder, including but not limited to the following:

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries (Tears, Etc.)
  • Labral Injuries (Tears, Etc.)
  • Shoulder Separation/ Instability
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendon Ruptures (Biceps, Triceps)
  • Scapular Dysfunction
  • Shoulder Sports Injuries
  • Shoulder Work Injuries
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Fractures / Broken Bones of the Clavicle, Scapula, Glenoid and Humerus
Surgical Interventions

In the cases where nonsurgical treatment options have failed or are not appropriate, our providers have skill and experience in the full complement of surgical procedures and techniques for the shoulder and upper extremity, including but not limited to the following:

  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Biceps Repair, Tenodesis, Tenotomy
  • Labral Repair/ Shoulder Stabilization
  • Shoulder Joint Replacement
  • Reconstructive and Revision Surgery
  • Fracture/ Broken Bone Fixation
  • Acromioclavicular/ Coracoclavicular Joint Reconstructions and Repairs.
  • Distal Clavicle Excision for Acromioclavicular Joint Arthritis
  • Nerve Decompression
Specialists
Common Conditions

Our providers treat all musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders that affect the shoulder, including but not limited to the following:

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries (Tears, Etc.)
  • Labral Injuries (Tears, Etc.)
  • Shoulder Separation/ Instability
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendon Ruptures (Biceps, Triceps)
  • Scapular Dysfunction
  • Shoulder Sports Injuries
  • Shoulder Work Injuries
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Fractures / Broken Bones of the Clavicle, Scapula, Glenoid and Humerus

Cranston, RI

Cumberland, RI

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