Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries are problems that affect the shoulder joint, often caused by activities like sports, accidents, or repetitive motions. These injuries can include strains, sprains, dislocations, and tears in muscles or tendons.

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Another One Bites the Dust: Surgery for AC Separation

There isn’t a month that goes by that if you’re looking, yet another orthopedic surgery sacred cow bites the dust. This one involving AC separation for me is personal. Let dive in. What Is the AC Joint? AC stands for Acromioclavicular. This is the joint between the clavicle (collar bone) and the front extension of…read more

Taking Vitamins for a Rotator Cuff Tear?

Can taking vitamins or supplements help a rotator cuff tear? Can not taking them make things worse? A colleague sent me a paper on vitamin B12 and rotator cuff tears so I decided to take a deeper dive. Let’s dig in. Rotator Cuff Tears Your rotator cuff is the complex of muscles and tendons that…read more

Does a Partial Rotator Cuff Tear Get Bigger Over Time?

If you have a small rotator cuff tear, will it get bigger over time? This is a critical issue as we have many patients who put off getting their shoulder treated for years. So what is their risk? Let’s dig in. The Shoulder Rotator Cuff Your shoulder has four muscles that stabilize the joint and…read more

Stem Cell Treatment for Torn Rotator Cuff : Our New Research

We’ve been offering patients stem cell treatment for torn rotator cuff tendons for almost 15 years. In fact, we were the first clinic on earth to use this as a primary treatment for rotator cuff tears. Along the way, we’ve published some research on this treatment and learned quite a bit. Let’s dive into this…read more

Shoulder Labral Tear Surgery Pros and Cons

Quick links: What is a shoulder labral tear? What are the causes of labral tears? What is shoulder instability? How is a labral tear related to shoulder instability? What happens if you have shoulder instability after labral tear surgery? I evaluated a patient this week who shows off the warts of our modern orthopedic care…read more

Do Shoulder Labral Tears Need Surgery?

Do shoulder labral tears need surgery? What happens if a labral tear goes untreated? Can you fix a labral tear through injections?  Let’s dig in. What is a Shoulder Labral Tear? The labrum is the lip around the socket where the ball of the shoulder bone fits. It provides stability along with the shoulder ligaments…read more

Rotator Cuff Stem Cell Treatment: Does this Work?

You’ve probably seen ads in your local newspaper for rotator cuff stem cell treatments. Maybe you’ve been to a seminar? So can stem cells heal a rotator cuff? Does stem cell therapy work for shoulders? Let’s dig in. Rotator Cuff Tears 101 The rotator cuff is a series of muscles and their tendons that surround…read more

Shoulder Dislocation Surgery Pros and Cons?

What are the shoulder dislocation surgery pros and cons? If you’ve dislocated your shoulder and you see a surgeon, most will argue that you need surgery to fix the bone trauma, labrum, and ligaments. However, do you really need this procedure? Here we’ll explore all of your options as well as newer nonsurgical orthobiologic options.…read more
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