Your shoulder is one of the most active joints in your body. It provides flexibility in more directions than any other joint. That is one reason there are so many ways it can be damaged, and so many different terms to describe injury to this essential joint.
AC Joint Surgery
The AC joint connects the collar bone to the shoulder blade and can easily be injured when the shoulder experiences a fall or forceful impact. Pain and a noticeable physical step-off are two of the signs that the AC joint has been damaged.
AC Joint Reconstruction >
The biceps muscle is the large muscle on the front of the arm that we use to flex the elbow, extend the arm, and rotate the forearm. It is frequently overlooked as a source of the shoulder pain a patient may experience after an injury.
Biceps Tendonitis >
The clavicle is a key structure connecting the breastplate to the shoulder blade. At this location, it must absorb force from many directions. A substantial jolt to the shoulder or arm will put strain on the clavicle, and sometimes result in a fracture.
Clavicle Fractures >
Failed Previous Stabilization Surgery
Chicago orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Anthony Romeo has built a solid reputation on correcting previous shoulder stabilization surgery that failed to relieve pain and instability in the joint. In shoulder stabilization revision cases, Dr. Romeo performs Latarjet surgery for optimal results.
Latarjet Surgery >
Frozen Shoulder Treatment
Although the causes of frozen shoulder are not fully understood, it can occur when the shoulder is inactive for a period of time after an arm injury. Bursitis or rotator cuff tendonitis may inflame muscles or tendons, causing the joint to “freeze.” Diabetes is also a risk factor.
Frozen Shoulder Treatment >
Shoulder impingement occurs when there is compression of the soft tissues around the rotator cuff when the arm is moved in certain directions. If the space between the rotator cuff and the bony roof (acromion) decreases, shoulder impingement may be the painful result.
Subacromial Decompression Surgery >
The labrum is tough, resilient cartilage that protects the shoulder joint and connects to important structures involved in motion of the shoulder. Sometimes the labrum tears as a result of a shoulder dislocation or other type of injury, resulting in significant pain and loss of range of motion.
Labral Repair >
Shoulder instability can occur for a few different reasons. One of the potential causes is a traumatic event causing the shoulder to dislocate, which may occur while playing high-intensity contact sports or even with a fall. If the shoulder doesn’t heal properly, this can cause repeated instability over time.
Outpatient Shoulder Replacement
Orthopaedic surgery is a dynamic field of medicine, with new techniques and innovations becoming available every year. One of the most exciting developments has been the technological advances that have made outpatient surgery possible for many shoulder replacement patients.
Outpatient Shoulder Replacement >
Shoulder Revision Surgery
Some patients have undergone shoulder replacement surgery but have not been happy with the results. Dr. Romeo specializes in working with patients who need a revision surgery to address pain or other issues after a previous failed shoulder surgery.
Shoulder Revision Surgery >
Reverse Shoulder Replacement
For a traditional shoulder replacement to be successful, the rotator cuff must be in a functioning state. If the tendons are torn or otherwise damaged, a reverse shoulder replacement can improve or fully restore motion and function to the shoulder.
Reverse Shoulder Replacement >
Rotator Cuff Injury
Rotator cuff injuries are a result of tendon damage in the shoulder. There are a number of different ways these types of injuries can occur, including normal wear-and-tear, as well as overuse due to athletics or accidental overextension.
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair >
Two types of arthritis can be seen in the shoulder complex. Osteoarthritis is the typical “wear-and-tear” arthritis, which can present at any age but typically appears in later life. The second type of arthritis is inflammatory arthritis, which often affects patients at an earlier age.
Shoulder Replacement >
Until recently, shoulder surgery required large incisions, leaving large scars and pain after surgery. But with the advancement of optical and orthopaedic technology, we can now perform many shoulder procedures by making very small incisions and using a camera (arthroscope) to view the inside of the shoulder and fix it.
Shoulder Arthroscopy >
Shoulder dislocation occurs when a forceful movement is applied to the shoulder which overcomes the blocking effect of the cartilage rim, ligaments, and muscles which protect and support the shoulder joint.
Bankart Repair >
The shoulder is a complex joint that has the largest range-of-motion of all of the joints in the body. A shoulder fracture is another way to describe a broken shoulder. Shoulder fractures can occur due to a fall, sports injury, motor vehicle accident or other type of trauma.
Shoulder Fractures >
SLAP stands for Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior, and it involves a full tear of the labrum, the large tendon that surrounds the shoulder joint socket. Because this injury is more likely when the arm is fully extended, athletes who perform repetitive overhead motions frequently develop a SLAP tear.
SLAP Repair >
The front part of the rotator cuff is known as the subscapularis, and a tear of this tendon can be very painful, as well as affect function and flexibility. It is typically damaged as a result of a traumatic injury, and is more common in patients between 30 and 50.
Arthroscopic Subscapular Repair >
Shoulder replacement (shoulder arthroplasty) is a solution for shoulder pain that involves replacing arthritic joint surfaces and damaged bone with artificial devices. Using this effective procedure, Dr. Romeo helps patients reclaim the freedom, flexibility, and comfort they once knew.
Shoulder Replacement >