Shoulder

Many shoulder conditions can be treated through conservative methods, but some may require surgery to effectively relieve pain and restore function to the joint. Your doctor will decide which type of treatment is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition. Contact Us Today

Shoulder Conditions And Their Treatment Plans

Woman With Pain in ShoulderYour shoulder joint is one of the most-used parts of your body, which puts it at risk for issues due to overuse, repetitive motion, accidents, injuries and diseases. A timely response is necessary to catch these issues when they are most easily treated for the fullest possible recovery. Partner with board-certified and specialty-leading physicians at High Mountain Orthopedics to address any conditions your shoulder may be experiencing.

Types Of Shoulder Conditions

We treat many shoulder conditions at High Mountain Orthopedics, including:

  • Rotator Cuff Tears: Partial or full tears through this grouping of muscles and tendons occur due to repetitive motions or acute trauma and cause pain, instability and weakness.
  • Shoulder Joint Tears: Partial and full tears can also occur in other ligaments and tendons that support the shoulder joint, often in conjunction with rotator cuff injuries.
  • Shoulder Impingement: Painful compression that occurs due to repetitive movements, particularly in athletes and manual laborers, restricting the smooth flow of tendons and ligaments around the joint and limiting range of motion.
  • Shoulder Arthritis: Inflammation within the shoulder joint that causes clicking, grinding and snapping sensations while resulting in pain and restricted motion.

Treatments For Shoulder Conditions

Shoulder conditions may be treated with physical therapy, injections, at-home rest and exercises, arthroscopic surgery, open surgery or joint replacement techniques. Often, two or more of those treatment paradigms are combined to fully treat shoulder injuries.
Arthroscopy is often effective in treating tears and impingement issues. Long-lasting and severe arthritis, as well as severe or recurrent tears, may be best treated with shoulder replacement surgery or reverse shoulder replacement surgery. Replacements may also be indicated if you’ve undergone prior procedures unsuccessfully. In nearly all cases of shoulder conditions, physical therapy is ordered after surgical procedures and sometimes used before to strengthen surrounding muscles and reduce recovery time.

Consult With Leading Surgeons To Experience Optimal Recovery

Shoulder conditions can be debilitating, robbing you of the use of your arms while causing extreme pain. As soon as you experience an issue with your shoulder, or once you’ve received a referral from your primary physician, contact us at High Mountain Orthopedics by dialing 973-595-7779 to schedule a consultation at our Wayne, Englewood or Paramus locations.

Shoulder Arthroscopy

Doctor Studies Shoulder X-Ray

While some patients quickly find relief through nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy, injections, or electrical stimulation, others experience more persistent symptoms. In these cases, doctors can use arthroscopic procedures to examine problem areas, diagnose conditions, and provide treatment. At High Mountain Orthopedics, our board-certified surgeons perform shoulder arthroscopy surgeries that can reveal the causes of your symptoms and begin resolving them today.

What Is Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy is used to treat various shoulder conditions. Physicians recommend this surgery to patients who have tried nonsurgical treatments for shoulder pain but still experience discomfort.

Before surgery, you will receive general or regional anesthesia to ensure that you feel no pain. During a shoulder arthroscopy, a surgeon makes a small incision in your shoulder and inserts an arthroscope, or a small camera, inside. After examining your rotator cuff, he will make more incisions to reach your damaged cartilage, bones, tendons, and/or ligaments. Finally, any necessary tissue repairs will be made and damaged rotator cuff matter will be removed through these tiny incisions.

Following the procedure, you may need to wear a shoulder immobilizer, a type of sling which facilities proper healing. High Mountain Orthopedics recommends patients rest, use ice, and take anti-inflammatory medications after receiving a shoulder arthroscopy to ensure a smooth recovery with minimal discomfort.

When Is Arthroscopic Surgery Used?

Shoulder arthroscopies are used after nonsurgical treatments prove ineffectual. They can be used to treat any of the following shoulder conditions:

  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Impingement
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Labral tears
  • Shoulder instability

If you suspect you have one of these shoulder conditions, seek diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. Early medical intervention improves your chances of recovery.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Benefits and Risks

Shoulder arthroscopy provides a less invasive form of surgery to successfully treat swelling and pain caused by numerous shoulder conditions. However, the procedure offers several other benefits, including small incisions that minimize scarring. Arthroscopies do not require full sedation or overnight hospital stays, so you can rest and recover comfortably at home. Furthermore, most patients enjoy rapid recovery times and a quick increase in shoulder mobility.

The risks associated with shoulder arthroscopies are rare and few in number. However, they can include bleeding, infection, blood clotting, nerve injury, blood vessel injury, chronic pain, and the need for further surgery. When patients experience post-operative pain, it is typically caused by underlying damage done to the cartilage of the shoulder joint. Your surgeon will explain all of the benefits and risks of this procedure to ensure you feel confident in your medical decisions and understand all potential outcomes.

Seek Treatment for Shoulder Pain at High Mountain Orthopedics

The award-winning doctors at High Mountain Orthopedics provide expert care to patients at locations in Wayne, Englewood, and Paramus, New Jersey. With training in sports injuries, orthopedic surgery, joint replacement, and more, you can be confident in the treatment you receive and the methods we rely on. Contact us online or by phone at 973-595-7779 to schedule your visit and learn more about shoulder arthroscopy today.

What is a Rotator Cuff Tear?

A rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults. Rotator cuff tears typically weaken the shoulder and increase pain during, and difficulty of, daily activities.

You might have a Rotator Cuff Tear if…

  • You experience pain during rest and at night, especially when lying on the affected shoulder
  • You experience pain when lifting and/or lowering your arm with specific movements
  • Your arm feels weak when lifting or rotating it
  • You experience a crackling sensation when moving your shoulder
What is Rotator Cuff Repair?

A rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults. Rotator cuff tears typically weaken the shoulder and increase pain during, and difficulty of, daily activities. Rotator cuff repair typically involves reattachment of the tendon to the upper-arm bone. When the thickest part of the tendon suffers a complete tear, this is repaired by stitching its two sides together.

You might need Rotator Cuff Repair if…

  • You experience persistent pain that is unresponsive to nonsurgical treatment
  • If you are very active and use your arms for overhead work and/or sports
  • You suffer a recent, acute, and/or large tear
  • You experience weakness and/or loss of function in your shoulder

 

Man with Shoulder Pain

Effective shoulder stabilization can mean the difference between dealing with constant discomfort or returning to your daily routine and favorite activities. When pain or slippage impedes your ability to live life to the fullest, High Mountain Orthopedics can help. Here’s what you need to know about shoulder stabilization surgery and how you can get the care you need ASAP. 

What Is Shoulder Stabilization? 

For patients who experience an overstretched or torn shoulder joint, stabilization is incredibly important. While some minor injuries may progress satisfactorily using noninvasive methods such as a sling or physical therapy, other cases call for surgical intervention. 

Surgical shoulder stabilization is a procedure that repairs shoulder injuries to bring the internal structures back into alignment and, ultimately, back under your control. Though surgery can be open, meaning it involves a larger incision and wider field of view, modern approaches such as arthroscopic surgery offer fewer scars and faster healing. Only your surgeon can decide which technique is right for you.

Conditions That Call For Shoulder Stabilization 

Shoulder injuries are the most common reason for shoulder stabilization surgery. Slips and falls, collisions while playing sports, overlifting weights at the gym — all of these actions can quickly turn into a serious problem that requires medical attention. 

Specifically, you may need shoulder stabilization if: 

  • Your shoulder frequently pops out of joint, called a partial dislocation or subluxation, often felt as an overly loose joint or too much movement when you do simple gestures such as throwing something or raising your arm to wave hello
  • Your day is interrupted by a painful pinching or slipping feeling in your shoulder
  • You’re experiencing increasingly frequent subluxations or dislocations
  • You have an obvious physical deformity of the shoulder, especially in conjunction with an acute injury and sudden onset of pain
  • You have numbness in or around your shoulder
  • You have weakness, either progressive or temporary, linked specifically to your shoulder muscle(s) 

Once your shoulder pops out of joint or tears, it’s more prone to a repeat injury. This may mean that a shoulder healed once through noninvasive methods could later be reinjured and require surgery. It’s essential you seek out professional medical advice as soon as you notice a problem. 

A Look At Shoulder Stabilization Surgery 

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that connects the humerus, or upper-arm bone, and the glenoid, or shoulder-blade cavity. When instability occurs, the humerus and glenoid no longer sit flush and operate securely. Instead, the arm bone slips in and out. The more that happens, the more risk there is of collateral damage to the surrounding ligaments and other soft tissue.

Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization offers a treatment option that could potentially help minimize pain, repair the instability and help you get back in the game. Because it’s less invasive, arthroscopy also comes with a decreased risk of complications and less downtime. However, in more severe cases, open surgery may offer a better chance at a complete, effective repair. Either way, your surgeon will likely use special anchor sutures to re-situate and tighten the injured joint, perhaps even repairing the muscles themselves in the process. The goal is to help restore function, reduce pain and get you on the road to mobility. 

Schedule Your Appointment

The first step towards a pain-free, more active future is to make an appointment with one of our fellowship-trained, experienced physicians. We’re dedicated to compassionate, efficient care and can’t wait to help you understand your therapeutic options. Though our main office is located in Wayne, New Jersey, we also have locations in Englewood and Paramus. Explore our contact information and reach out to the location that’s most convenient for you.

Shoulder Replacement Procedures

Doctor Examining Shoulder Pain in Elderly Man

Overuse, repetitive motions, injuries, accidents and diseases put your shoulders at risk. Because your shoulder joint is one of the most-used parts of your body, it’s important to seek diagnosis and treatment quickly to ensure the fullest possibility of recovery. Many shoulder conditions, when caught early, can be treated with conservative methods, but some require surgery to relieve pain and improve overall function. Our board-certified and highly experienced orthopedic physicians at High Mountain Orthopedics in Wayne, New Jersey, treat an extensive range of conditions affecting the shoulder and can help you decide whether shoulder replacement provides the most optimal outcome for your condition.

Treatments For Shoulder Conditions

We may be able to treat your shoulder condition with physical therapy, injections or arthroscopic surgery, or you may require shoulder joint replacement surgery. Although shoulder joint replacement is less common than knee or hip replacement, it’s just as successful in relieving joint pain. Severe, long-lasting arthritis and severe or recurrent tears are often best treated with shoulder replacement surgery or reverse shoulder replacement surgery. In nearly all cases, part of your treatment includes physical therapy at our state-of-the-art therapy facility following surgery and sometimes prior to surgery to strengthen the surrounding muscles and reduce your recovery time.

Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Shoulder replacement was originally used to treat severe shoulder fractures but is now a viable option for treatment of various other painful conditions that affect the shoulder. When nonsurgical treatments fail to relieve or eliminate pain, we often suggest shoulder replacement surgery as a safe, effective procedure to relieve your pain and help you resume normal activities. During surgery, we remove the damaged parts of your shoulder and replace them with artificial components called a prosthesis.

Shoulder Replacement Options

Our experienced surgical team evaluates your condition carefully before deciding on the best shoulder replacement option. We may either replace just the head of the humerus bone, called the ball, or replace both the ball and the socket or glenoid.

If it’s determined you require total shoulder replacement, we replace the arthritic joint surfaces with a metal ball and a plastic socket. If you suffer from bone-on-bone osteoarthritis and your rotator cuff tendons are intact, a conventional total shoulder replacement is usually the best option. Ball and socket components come in various sizes and may be either press-fit into the bone if the bone is still good quality or cemented if the bone is soft.

If your ball is severely fractured but your socket is normal, then we may only replace the ball through a stemmed hemiarthroplasty procedure. Similar to a total shoulder replacement, your ball is removed and replaced with a metal one, but your socket is left intact. Your surgeon may even go into the operating room expecting a total shoulder replacement, then decide you only need a hemiarthroplasty during your surgery.

In less severe cases, we may also choose resurfacing hemiarthroplasty. This procedure replaces only the joint surface of the ball with a cap-like prosthesis, instead of replacing the entire ball. This option is highly desirable for younger or very active patients and offers an alternative to those who want to preserve humeral bone. Due to the conservative nature of this procedure, it’s typically easier to convert to a total shoulder replacement should it become necessary later.

Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery

In some cases, a conventional shoulder replacement won’t be effective, especially if you have large rotator cuff tears and/or cuff tear arthropathy. When you suffer from these conditions, you typically can’t retain function of your rotator cuff muscles, which are required for conventional shoulder replacement devices. During a reverse shoulder replacement surgery, we switch the ball and socket, so the metal ball is attached to your shoulder bone and the plastic socket is attached to your upper arm bone. The result is that you’ll use your deltoid muscle instead of your torn rotator cuff to lift your arm. If a previous shoulder replacement failed, we may also turn to a reverse replacement.

Compassionate Orthopedic Care

Our compassionate orthopedic specialists carefully customize your shoulder replacement to meet your unique needs and help ensure the best results and smoothest recovery. Our ultimate goal is to relieve your pain and improve your shoulder function and quality of life. We have three convenient locations in northern New Jersey to serve you. Contact us at our main office in Wayne at 973-595-7779 or in Englewood at 973-595-7779 or Paramus at 973-595-7779 to schedule your shoulder evaluation today.

Reverse Shoulder Replacement In Englewood, Paramus, and Wayne, NJ

skeleton illustration of an inflamed right shoulder Reverse shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure that reverses the socket and ball relationship of the shoulder joint. The purpose of the procedure is to increase the stability of the joint. It may become necessary after an accident that delivers a blow to the shoulder joint or due to a repetitive stress injury. 

The joint in your shoulder is one of your body’s most-used parts. So, when you feel pain in the joint or notice a reduced ability to use your shoulder, it’s important to get it examined right away. Early treatment of shoulder issues is linked to a fuller recovery. 

Information About Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Reverse shoulder replacement is a procedure that’s performed when a physician believes traditional shoulder replacement isn’t likely to work effectively. It may also be the chosen option if you’ve already had a shoulder replacement surgery and it failed. 

This procedure may be necessary due to a torn rotator cuff and cuff tear arthropathy, both of which reduce or end the functionality of rotator cuff muscles. This is important because traditional shoulder replacement typically doesn’t work without properly functioning rotator cuff muscles.

This Shoulder Replacement Procedure

The locations of the ball and sockets of the shoulder joint are switched when we perform a reverse shoulder replacement procedure. We attach the shoulder bone to a metal ball, and the upper arm bone is then attached to a plastic socket.

The metal ball then fits into the plastic socket to form the new joint. After the procedure, the deltoid muscle will be used to power your movements, taking all strain away from the torn rotator cuff when you need to move your arm and shoulder. 

Reasons To Consider This Procedure

While noninvasive treatments that don’t involve surgery are our first line of defense against shoulder pain, when those techniques don’t work, shoulder replacement surgery may offer the relief you need. We recommend this as a safe and effective approach to easing your pain and helping you begin enjoying your normal activities again. 

If your shoulder is too badly damaged for nonsurgical techniques to be effective, this type of shoulder surgery removes the parts of your shoulder that are injured. The damaged parts are then replaced with prosthetic parts to restore the function of your shoulder joint without causing you more pain.

Advantages Of This Shoulder Replacement Procedure

This type of shoulder surgery offers several advantages. Patients typically experience less pain after a reverse shoulder replacement. An increase in shoulder strength is another advantage of undergoing this type of shoulder surgery. Patients also describe enjoying a greater range of motion after having this type of procedure performed. 

However, some intense activities may still be off-limits and should be discussed with your physician before trying them. For example, shoveling snow and playing high-intensity sports, like tennis, could prove problematic after shoulder surgery if not approved by your doctor. 

Other Shoulder Treatments We Offer

Our team of caring medical professionals takes the time to thoroughly assess your condition. We then have a discussion with you about the shoulder replacement options we feel are best suited to your needs. 

Sometimes, it isn’t necessary to replace the entire joint area, and only the top of the humerus bone needs to be replaced. This part of the shoulder joint is referred to as the ball. If your case is more advanced, we may recommend that both the ball and socket be replaced. 

When this is the case, we determine if the tendons in your rotator cuffs are intact before deciding if you’re a candidate for traditional or reverse shoulder replacement. The amount of damage to your rotator cuff tendons and the condition of your bones affect the procedures we recommend.

If your bones are strong, press-fit replacement socket parts may work for you. However, if your bones are softer, it might be necessary to cement the new joint parts to your bones. 

Call Us Today To Schedule An Evaluation

The professional, caring staff at High Mountain Orthopedics is available to help with your shoulder stabilization needs. We serve patients in the Englewood, Wayne, and Paramus areas. Contact us today by calling 973-595-7779 to schedule an appointment for help with your orthopedic needs. Our contact form is available online if you would prefer to leave your information and have one of our friendly staff members get back with you.

Shoulder Impingement Treatment in Englewood, Paramus, and Wayne

medical illustration of left muscle inflammation

Shoulder impingement treatment is often necessary after the muscles between the shoulder bones are injured. A variety of treatments are used, with specific treatments being chosen based on the severity of the injury. Treatments may include specific stretches, medications, avoiding movement until the damage has time to heal. Surgery may also be offered by the doctor as a solution to advanced impingement cases.

When you visit High Mountain Orthopedics for treatment of shoulder impingement, your doctor provides a thorough examination followed by information about the best way to proceed with your case. 

Symptoms Of Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder pain and weakness are the main symptoms of this type of injury. If you have trouble raising your arms upward and behind your back, that may be a symptom of shoulder impingement. Feeling pain in the shoulder area when you raise your arms over your head is another symptom. Shoulder impingement may also result in weakness in the shoulder when you try to pick things up. Some specific symptoms to be aware of include: 

  • Minor pain that doesn’t go away whether you’re resting or active
  • Pain spreading out from the front part of your shoulder and spreading down the side of your arm
  • Sudden, sharp pain when you reach for something or try to pick up something
  • Night pain in your shoulder when you try to sleep
  • Losing strength 
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Inability to get arm behind your back without pain
  • Shoulder feeling tender
  • Inability to move the arm and shoulder without intense pain

Potential Consequences Of Shoulder Impingement

When possible, it’s ideal to have the impingement treated at the first sign of injury. When left untreated, a more serious complication may develop, such as a rotator cuff tear. If the impingement has become advanced due to not being treated, the biceps muscle tendon may also be ruptured or torn. At this advanced stage, the pain may be sharp and may extend to your elbow. It may also be challenging to rotate your arm and hand.

Medications For Shoulder Impingement

Over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, are sometimes all that’s needed to relieve the pain of this type of injury. If your pain is more intense than an over-the-counter remedy can help, speak with your doctor at High Mountain Orthopedics about the pain. Possible solutions your doctor may recommend include prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications along with adding ice therapy to the injured area. Ice therapy may also be advised without a prescription.

Stretches For Shoulder Pain

A physical therapy program that includes gentle stretches is often one of the main treatments needed for shoulder impingement. Patients are taught how to perform the necessary stretches so these gentle exercises can be performed at home. Physical therapy may be combined with other treatments, such as over-the-counter pain medications, prescriptions, and ice therapy. It may also be included during the recovery period after surgery, but only after the doctor approves it.

Surgery As A Shoulder Impingement Treatment

If your physician determines that your rotator cuff is torn, surgery may be required. Arthroscopy may be used to let your doctor look inside your shoulder and pinpoint the damaged area. Shoulder surgery would then be performed to correct the damage and restore the functionality of the damaged shoulder. 

Call High Mountain Orthopedics Today

High Mountain Orthopedics has three New Jersey locations for your convenience. Our main office is in Wayne, and the other sites are in Englewood and Paramus. Our friendly, professional staff is here to serve your orthopedic care needs. Call us today at (973) 595-7779 to schedule an appointment. We also have a contact form available. If you prefer to send us a message using the contact form, one of our staff members will get back with you as quickly as possible.

New Jersey Shoulder Instability Treatment

Representation of Woman Experiencing Shoulder Instability

The shoulder is one of the most used joints in the body, responsible for a wide range of tasks from brushing your teeth to putting on clothes. Because it’s frequently used, it is predisposed to injury and shoulder instability. At High Mountain Orthopedics, we can diagnose your pain or injury and keep you moving freely.

Identifying Shoulder Instability

Shoulder instability is a common complaint that our physicians hear from patients at High Mountain Orthopedics. It occurs when the structures that support the shoulder joint don’t work as they should to keep the ball of the shoulder in the socket. We sometimes refer to this condition as a subluxation or partial dislocation of the shoulder joint. Sometimes, the joint may completely move out of place, which is referred to as a shoulder dislocation.

Shoulder instability is most often the result of an injury or when the joints of the body become loose due to age or wear. Our caring team of physicians can examine you and help determine the underlying cause of your condition in order to create a treatment plan that works.

Symptoms Of Shoulder Instability

Those with shoulder instability typically display several common symptoms. Pain directly at the shoulder joint is the most common complaint of those with instability. Also, an individual may experience frequent shoulder dislocations or repeated times when the shoulder fails to work properly, such as when placing something on a tall shelf or reaching for something over your head. Some patients also complain that the joint feels loose or it feels like the arm is just hanging.

While occasional shoulder pain might not indicate a serious problem, there are certain times you need to contact our office immediately to schedule an appointment. This includes a sudden onset of severe pain of the joint, a pins and needles feeling, discoloration or numbness through the hand and arm. Also, if the shoulder is swollen or appears deformed in comparison to the other, you should seek help right away.

Diagnosing Shoulder Instability

To diagnose your shoulder issues, our physicians will perform a complete exam and examine your prior medical history. X-rays are done to get a clear picture of the possible causes and to rule out many reasons for shoulder pain. Our doctors may also order additional tests such as an MRI scan or a CT scan to evaluate the bones and tissues.

Available Treatment Options

For individuals with shoulder instability, our office offers a variety of treatment options. Most individuals respond well to nonsurgical treatment. This is done through physiotherapy or strengthening exercises that help keep the shoulder in the proper position. This method of treatment may take several months, so you’ll be required to come into our office for frequent rechecks to ensure the joint is healing as it should.

In severe cases, surgery by one of our doctors may be necessary. Surgery may be used to tighten the shoulder joint capsule or to repair the ligaments.

Contact Us

If you live in New Jersey and suffer from shoulder pain, our doctors at High Mountain Orthopedics can help discover the cause of your condition and recommend a plan of treatment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our offices in Wayne at 973-595-7779. We are open seven days a week, with late hours until 6 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We also have offices in Englewood and Paramus to accommodate our patients across the state.

Shoulder Arthritis

X-ray Image of ShoulderArthritis ranks among the most common reasons patients see orthopedic specialists, and when this condition affects the shoulder joint, the results can have serious consequences. Shoulder arthritis makes it harder to do the things you love and stay active, and if left untreated may eventually take a toll on your mobility, independence, and quality of life. At High Mountain Orthopedics, our expert team provides advanced shoulder arthritis treatment to help you regain function and eliminate pain.

What Is Shoulder Arthritis?

Shoulder arthritis occurs when the cartilage covering the shoulder joint wears down. It is most commonly found in the glenohumeral joint, the large ball-and-socket joint where the arm meets the scapula. It can also develop at the AC joint, the second, smaller joint in your shoulder. Previous shoulder injuries, advanced age, and congenital defects can all increase your risk for shoulder arthritis, and the condition affects more women than men.

Symptoms vary based on the type of shoulder arthritis you have and the amount of cartilage that’s been lost. The most common symptoms include:

  • Pain in the front, side, or back of the shoulder
  • Stiffness that may decrease range of motion
  • Grinding, clicking, or cracking sounds caused by irregularities in the cartilage’s surface

If you experience any of these symptoms, visit High Mountain Orthopedics to consult with a specialist immediately.

Causes of Shoulder Arthritis

There are many different types of shoulder arthritis, each with a different cause. These variations include:

  • Osteoarthritis of the shoulder: Also called degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis occurs due to wear and tear on cartilage as you age.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis of the shoulder: This autoimmune disorder causes your body to attack the cells that line shoulder joints.
  • Post-traumatic shoulder arthritis: Patients develop this arthritis after a shoulder fracture, dislocation, or similar injury.
  • Rotator cuff tear arthropathy: Individuals who experience a massive, extended rotator cuff tear can develop this type of arthritis.
  • Avascular necrosis shoulder arthritis: This arthritis occurs when the disruption of blood flow to the shoulder causes the death of cartilage.

Shoulder Arthritis Evaluation and Treatment

Every consultation for shoulder arthritis treatment at High Mountain Orthopedics begins with a physical exam. Your physician will ask about your medical history and order any necessary imaging, such as an X-ray or CT scan. After a diagnosis is determined, we’ll work with you to create a personalized treatment plan. In many cases, range-of-motion exercises can help relieve symptoms. Regular stretching helps prevent further cartilage deterioration and restore lost mobility.

Your physician may also suggest you rest the joint and avoid certain activities until pain and stiffness improve. Hot and/or cold therapy and over-the-counter medications can also reduce discomfort for many patients. When more aggressive intervention is required, injections can help. Cortisone, a steroid, and hyaluronic acid, a lubricant, both provide lasting pain relief, and your doctor will determine which is best suited to your treatment plan.

Shoulder Arthritis Surgery

If injections and other nonsurgical treatments fail to resolve your shoulder arthritis symptoms, surgery may be recommended. High Mountain Orthopedics performs a variety of surgical procedures to address shoulder arthritis, including minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures, rotator cuff repair, and joint replacements and revisions. Every procedure is completed by one of our experienced veteran surgeons, and our in-house physical therapist will help guide your recovery to ensure the best possible outcome.

Learn More About Shoulder Arthritis Treatment

If you’re experiencing pain and mobility issues due to shoulder arthritis, don’t wait to seek treatment. High Mountain Orthopedics can help relieve your symptoms and restore function, so you can continue doing the things you love without discomfort or limitations. To learn more, contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Englewood, Paramus, or Wayne, New Jersey.

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