Shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body. It allows you to place and rotate your arm in many positions in front, above, to the side, and behind your body. This flexibility also makes your shoulder susceptible to instability and injury.
Depending on the nature of the problem, nonsurgical methods of treatment often are recommended before surgery. However, in some instances, delaying the surgical repair of a shoulder can increase the likelihood that the problem will be more difficult to treat later. Early, correct diagnosis and treatment of shoulder problems can make a significant difference in the long run.
Shoulder Problems and Treatments
- Bursitis or Tendinitis
- 2. Impingement and Partial Rotator Cuff Tears
- 3. Full-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears
- 4. Instability
- Fractured Collarbone and Acromioclavicular Joint Separation
- Fractured Head of the Humerus (Arm Bone), or Proximal Humerus Fracture
- Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Types of Surgical Procedures
- Open Surgery
Risks and Complications
There are always some risks with any surgery, even arthroscopic procedures. These include possible infection, and damage to surrounding nerves and blood vessels. However, modern surgical techniques and close monitoring have significantly minimized the occurrence of these problems.
After surgery, some pain, tenderness, and stiffness are normal. You should be alert for certain signs and symptoms that may suggest the development of complications.
- Fever after the second day following surgery
- Increasing pain or swelling
- Redness, warmth, or tenderness which may suggest a wound infection
- Unusual bleeding (some surgical wound drainage is normal and, in fact, desirable
- Numbness or tingling of the arm or hand