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Shoulder Pain - Causes - Symptoms - Diagnosis - Treatment Options

Information on shoulder pain, arthritis, conditions, causes, diagnosis, symptoms, pain relief, prevention, surgery and other treatment options. There are two joints in the shoulder, the AC joint and glenohumeral joint, both can be affected by arthritis. Shoulder joint motion is complex, making shoulder replacement surgery more difficult than hips or knees.
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Guide To Shoulder Problems
A five-part guide to causes, diagnosis, signs, and treatment options of common shoulder problems including: shoulder dislocation, separation, tendinitis, bursitis, impingement syndrome, torn rotator cuff, frozen shoulder, shoulder fracture, and arthritis of the shoulder.

What Are Osteophytes (Bone Spurs)?
Osteophytes are bony protrusions that are found in arthritic joints. The protrusions, also called bone spurs, may be found in shoulder joints.

Joint Replacement Screening Quiz - When Is It The Right Time?
When is it the right time to have a joint replacement? It is a complicated question for people with arthritis, living with intractable joint pain. There are important things to consider while making the decision with your doctor or surgeon.

Shoulder Pain
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body. The joint includes four tendons. The purpose of a tendon is to hold muscle to bone. Together, these four "rotator cuff" tendons stabilize the upper arm bone to the shoulder socket and allow a wide range of motion in the shoulder.

Impingement Syndrome
When tendons become trapped under the acromion, the rigid bony arch of the shoulder blade, it can cause shoulder pain called impingement syndrome.

Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
Frozen shoulder is the common term for adhesive capsulitis, an inflammatory condition that restricts motion in the shoulder. (Illustrated)

Shoulder Joint Inflammation - ( Photo-Picture Image )
An inflammation of the shoulder joint can cause pain and restricted joint movement.

Rotator cuff muscles
There are four muscle tendons that connect to the shoulder that make up the rotator cuff. Together these four tendons stabilize the upper arm bone to the shoulder socket and allow the wide range of motion in the shoulder.

Rotator cuff tendinitis
Rotator cuff tendinitis is an inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the tendons of the shoulder.

Inflamed shoulder tendons (Image)
Tearing and inflammation of the tendons of the shoulder muscles can occur in sports which require the arm to be moved over the head repeatedly as in tennis, pitching, swimming, and lifting weights. Most often the shoulder will heal if a break is taken from the activities that caused the problem and pain.

Shoulder arthroscopy
Shoulder arthroscopy is a type of surgery to examine or repair the tissues inside or around your shoulder joint.

Shoulder Joint (Image)
The shoulder joint is a ball-and-socket joint and is the most freely moving joint of the body. The shoulder joint can move in multiple directions therefore it is less stable than other joints and is more susceptible to injury.

Axillary Nerve Dysfunction
Axillary nerve dysfunction is a form of peripheral neuropathy. It occurs when there is damage to the axillary nerve, which supplies the deltoid muscles of the shoulder. It is not a specific, separate disease, but is caused by many conditions that can damage the axillary nerve.

Damaged Axillary Nerve (Image)
Conditions associated with axillary nerve dysfunction include fracture of the humerus (upper arm bone), pressure from casts or splints, and improper use of crutches.

Swimmer's Shoulder
Information on swimmer's shoulder prevention and rehabilitation.

Broken Collarbone (Clavicle fracture)
The collarbone, also called the clavicle, is the bone over the top of your chest, between your breastbone (sternum) and shoulder blade (scapula).

Scapular Fracture (Glenoid fractures)
A scapula fracture is an uncommon injury. The scapula, or shoulder blade, is a wide, flat bone that sits behind the rib cage. Glenoid fractures involve the cartilage surfaces of the shoulder joint. Patients with glenoid fractures are at risk of developing shoulder arthritis.

Proximal Humerus Fracture
Proximal humerus fracture is a common injury to the shoulder. Especially common in elderly individuals due to osteoporosis, proximal humerus fractures are among the most common broken bones.

Labral Tear - Torn Shoulder Labrum
What is a torn labrum of the shoulder?

SLAP Tear Of The Shoulder - Superior Labrum From Anterior To Posterior
A specific type of labral tear is called a SLAP tear; this stands for S-uperior L-abrum from A-nterior to P-osterior. The SLAP tear occurs at the point where the tendon of the biceps muscle inserts on the labrum.

When Does a Rotator Cuff Tear Require Surgery?
The rotator cuff is the name for the tendons that surround the shoulder joint. When does a rotator cuff tear require surgery?

Shoulder Index
Conditions and surgical options related to the shoulder, from Wheeless Textbook of Orthopedics.

Shoulder Arthritis
The treatment of shoulder arthritis depends on how disabling and painful the disease is, from SCOI.

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