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Shoulder & Elbow

The Importance of Shoulder and Elbow Care

Your shoulder and elbow joints are crucial to carrying out your life’s daily activities. Imagine being unable to lift or move your arms without consistent sharp or even dull pain. Only then might you realize just how critical these joints are to even the simplest of tasks, and for this type of pain, proper care and treatment may be needed.

Luckily, shoulder and elbow care have benefited from state-of-the-art procedures and technologies introduced over the years that enable physicians to care for and repair a patient’s shoulder or elbow after injuries, the onset of arthritis or other illnesses, or general wear and tear as patients age. Our shoulder and elbow care specialists can treat a wide range of conditions using minimally invasive surgical interventions, transplants, and other innovative therapies based on a careful diagnosis of your pain and preferences for care.

Shoulder Treatment at Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine

Patients young and old can experience shoulder pain and discomfort, ranging from stiffness, loss of motion, and arthritis after years of use and strains to acute injuries for athletes, such as rotator cuff tears, impingements, dislocations, and separations. Because of the construction and use of the shoulder joint, it can be damaged in various ways and places, including the rotator cuff, bursa, and labrum.

Our highly-trained shoulder care specialists will be able to diagnose and treat your shoulder pain no matter what the cause may be. After a careful and thorough diagnosis, our physicians will customize a treatment plan using both traditional and the latest techniques, depending on your needs and preferences for care.

One common treatment our physicians specialize in is arthroscopic shoulder surgery, which enables our shoulder specialists to see clearly inside the shoulder joint to ensure more accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations. During this minimally invasive procedure, your surgeon inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into your shoulder joint which then transmits images of your shoulder joint onto a television screen to help your surgeon guide small surgical instruments.

When possible, our physicians may be able to recommend avoiding arthroscopic or shoulder replacement surgery altogether in favor of nonsurgical treatments, such as rest, physical therapy, activity adjustment, or medications or injections needed to reduce inflammation in the shoulder joint.

Elbow Treatment at Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine

The elbow is commonly thought of as a “hinge joint” connecting the forearm bones (ulna and radius) to the upper arm (humerus), but anyone who has experienced elbow pain can tell you that the joint is much more versatile than that. The elbow has a complex structure that interacts with not just the arm bones but also the wrist, and to effectively use any part of your upper extremities, having a pain-free elbow joint is critical.

We can help you enjoy a pain-free elbow joint again using a variety of treatments, both surgical and nonsurgical, customized to a plan that is tailored to suit your individual needs and preferences. Our specially trained elbow specialists can treat a wide range of elbow pain conditions, including:

• Olecranon bursitis
• Radial head fracture
• Tennis and golfer’s elbow
• Ulnar nerve entrapment

Make shoulder and elbow pain a thing of the past. Call us today to set up an appointment at one of our two convenient, full-service New Orleans-area locations so our shoulder and elbow specialists can treat any condition you might be suffering from and help you lead a more pain-free life shoulder or elbow after injuries, the onset of arthritis or other illnesses, or general wear and tear as patients age. Our shoulder and elbow care specialists can treat a wide range of conditions using minimally invasive surgical interventions, transplants, and other innovative therapies based on a careful diagnosis of your pain and preferences for care.