Henderson orthopedic surgeon
Do you feel pain in your shoulder when you lift your arm? Then you need to see Henderson's leading orthopedic surgeon, Dr. R. Jeff Grondel. He can treat your shoulder problem and address any other orthopedic conditions you may have using the latest technology. He is a board certified Henderson orthopedic surgeon
who has completed double Fellowship training in both sports medicine and injuries of the shoulder. Dr. Grondel continues to pioneer arthroscopic surgical techniques in all major joints and has taught many other orthopedic surgeons in these techniques and in the treatment of sports related injuries. But what sets him apart is his unique perspective and understanding of his patients' needs because he knows personally what it is to sustain an injury. He carefully guides you through the recovery process to help you back to full activity and enjoyment. In addition, he views surgery as the last resort, not the first. He prefers to explore the least invasive ways to resolve your problems and help you get active again.
One reason for shoulder pain is damage to the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and four muscles that connect the upper arm bone, the humerus, to the shoulder blade. Their function is to stabilize the shoulder by keeping it within the socket and help to lift and rotate the arm. When a rotator cuff tear occurs, there can be a lot of pain and/or limited motion. Damage to the rotator cuff is a common source of pain and disability in adults. After a thorough examination by this talented Henderson orthopedic surgeon, your treatment for shoulder pain will be determined by which of the most common problems of shoulder pain - tears, strains, dislocation, arthritis, tendinitis, and bursitis - is the cause of your discomfort. In the case of a torn rotator cuff, one or more of the rotator cuff tendons are no longer fully attached to the head of the humerus. A rotator cuff tear can happen as a result of a single traumatic event or can develop gradually as a due to repeated micro-traumas. An acute tear occurs abruptly as the result of a fall, lifting a heavy object with a jerking motion, or along with other injuries sustained in an accident such as a broken collarbone and dislocated shoulder and are typically accompanied by immediate and intense pain. Most rotator cuff tears fall into the category of degenerative tears. These are a result of overuse and repeated rotator cuff injury due to straining or irritating the tendons. While degenerative changes to the rotator cuff occurs naturally with age, some occupations and hobbies that involve repetitive stress put one at greater risk for rotator cuff tears.
A careful and thorough physical examination will determine the cause of your shoulder pain. This includes a medical history, physical examination, and imaging tests. The experienced Henderson orthopedic surgeon
will work with you to decide upon the best course of treatment. He takes into consideration your activity level and overall health goals. If shoulder pain is making simple movements difficult, call us for an appointment today.
By R. Jeffrey Grondel, MD
March 12, 2018