Do you need shoulder surgery?
Your shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body. This flexibility gives you the wide range of motion you need to swim, play tennis, lift weights, hang curtains or garden. It also makes your shoulder easy to injure. Steady shoulder pain or stiffness, weakness in your arm or limited mobility are all signs of shoulder injury. And most shoulder injuries, like rotator cuff or labral tears, frozen shoulder, or tendonitis are cumulative, resulting from excessive, repetitive, overhead motions. It’s tempting to ignore or play through these problems but that only makes them worse.
Did you know that about 53,000 people have shoulder replacement surgery every year?
Contact the shoulder specialists at Phelps. Our experts diagnose and treat the full spectrum of shoulder conditions, whether they stem from trauma or overuse.
You may want to think about consulting a shoulder surgeon if you have experienced a shoulder injury, if your shoulder has been hurting for three months or longer, or if you’ve had shoulder surgery and are still in pain. If it hurts to reach overhead or carry heavy objects, or if your shoulder feels unstable, ask your doctor if you’re a candidate for surgery.
Untreated shoulder injuries, including damage to your rotator cuff, can get worse over time
A common shoulder injury is a rotator cuff tear. A torn rotator cuff will weaken your shoulder, making it too painful to do many daily activities, like combing your hair or getting dressed. Progressive in nature, small rotator cuff tears tend to grow in size and severity over time, eventually requiring surgery. Even untreated rotator cuff tendinosis, the degeneration of a rotator cuff tendon, can lead to a partial or full tear.
The shoulder experts at Phelps have revolutionized rotator cuff surgery with two cutting edge procedures that are safe and reduce recovery time. One procedure involves the insertion of an all-natural implant made from highly purified bovine Achilles tendon. This bioinductive implant stimulates your body’s healing process and promotes the formation of new tendon-like tissue that reduces the strain at the site of your original tear, protecting you against further injury. Because this implant is natural, your body easily and safely absorbs it without the possibility of inflammation or other complications, shortening your recovery time so you can get back to swimming, playing tennis and doing the other things you love.