Shoulder

Shoulder Basics

Bones of the Shoulder

The shoulder is the most complex joint in the body. It is made up of three bones, the scapula (shoulder blade), the humerus (upper arm) and the clavicle (collar bone). There are four articulations, the AC (acromioclavicular) joint, SC (sternoclavicular) joint, GH (glenohumeral) joint and the scapulo-thoracic articulation. Finally, there are 13 muscles including the…

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Frozen Shoulder

frozen-shoulder

What is a frozen shoulder? Adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder, is a painful condition that occurs in the shoulder. This condition is separated from other painful conditions of the shoulder that result in tightness due to the fact that there is a loss of motion in all planes. The good news is that you should…

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Broken Shoulder

Broken Shoulder

You take a long walk with your dog when she sees a squirrel and takes off. Her leash tightens and pulls you to the ground. You fall on your shoulder and have immediate pain and difficulty moving it. Your friend takes you to the emergency room and an X-ray shows that you have broken your shoulder.…

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Shoulder Arthritis

Shoulder Arthritis

In general, arthritis refers to a condition that leads to the degeneration and destruction of the surfaces of our joints. Instead of the super smooth surfaces our joints have when we are born, they begin to soften, then crack and fissure and ultimately expose the bone beneath the surface. This causes pain and deformity. Depending…

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Shoulder Dislocation

dislocated-shoulder

You are playing a pickup game basketball with friends when you jump up to grab a rebound. Someone grabs your arm and pulls it back to block and you feel your shoulder slip out of place.  Suddenly you have severe pain and can’t move your shoulder. The game stops. One of your buddies tells you he thinks…

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Rotator Cuff Tear

Shoulder joint pain

Your doctor has told you that you have a rotator cuff tear. What does this mean? A rotator cuff tear involves one or more of the four muscles that starts on your shoulder blade, the scapula, and inserts on your upper arm, or humerus. These 4 muscles work together to lift and rotate your arm and keep…

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